We Guere Warrior Mask - SOLD OUT

African masks from western Côte d'Ivoire, as well as those from south-eastern Liberia, have some specific common features, in this case tubular eyes, sometimes accompanied by arched appendages reminiscent of spider. The expression of this mask is accentuated by the addition of a multitude of elements such as the detailed gaping mouth in which we find a red tongue and many teeth. The perimeter has small wooden picks and the headdress is decorated with cowrie shells.

Traditional masks of this type were often used to prepare men during warlike ceremonies. They were to inspire the fear of the enemy and certainly frightened the women and children spectators of these dances.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
35 x 34 cm
Ethnic group
Wood, accessories
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection Belgium

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