Oubi Bete Warrior mask

€780.00

The imagination of the tribal sculptor Oubi has visibly focused on animal horns, here facing the inside of the face, powerful and stylized that are structured harmoniously around a human face.
Protective or aggressive forces, or both at once, these traditional Oubi masks played a prominent role in village life. Their use must be integrated with that of Wé. They were used in times of hostility and conflict.
It emanates from this mask a formidable power struggling between the hostile and mortal forces that threaten human existence.

The Oubi, like the Niabwa, Wé, Bété, dance with animal masks with ubiquitous horns, an expression of protection and energy. They were primarily war masks. They highlight the importance of the gaze, either by tubular eyes, or by highly bulging eyes, letting the light filter through a median slit. The animal horns play a major role.

Indigenous repairs slightly visible on the lower appendages.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1930
Size
27 x 15 cm
Ethnic group
Bete
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France
Condition
Very good

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