Nyabwa Bete mask

Superb African mask of the Bété ethnic group. This traditional mask is called Nyabwa. It refers to the multiple and tortuous legs of spiders.
This Nywabwa mask was worn during combat preparation ceremonies but also to instill lessons in the community by terrorizing women and children. A central hole allowed the wearer to see around him.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
+/- 27 x 28 x 27 cm
Expert's estimate
500 - 600 €
Ethnic group
Bete
Material(s)
Wood, accessories
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal Art Collection Italy
Condition
Excellent

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