Protection mask - We / Guere - Liberia - SOLD

Powerful and expressive traditional mask from We / Guere african artCarved wooden mask coming from We / Guere tribal art, with a human face with bulging slit eyes, small horns to the forehead, oval sections to the cheeks and a large open mouth displaying a row of teeth. Below the nose a reed fibre ornament; to the top of the head bands of human hair and to the sides raffia border with numerous teeth shaped pendants attached.Masks such as this were worn after warfare when peace had been established and sessions of justice were enacted. This type of mask was also worn by men to prepare them for war and the mask would give the wearer magical protection by instilling fear and terror in enemies. They are also worn to combat the powers of sorcerers during ceremonies that are meant to protect the community from malignant powers.Origin : private collection, FranceDating : 1960Materials : wood, wool

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Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Guéré
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Liberia
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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