Gle Warrior mask - Bete - Ivory Coast - SOLD

Powerful tribal african "Gle" mask worn for war purposes in Bete land, Ivory Coast Tribal art mask of the "Gle" type, made of wood worn only by men, with animal characteristics on the top. The forehead on the form of three deeply carved ridges with small holes for the eyes. The large nose with splayed nostrils ending in upturned tusks; below a protruding mouth. To the top of the head the figure of a pig with tusks and open mouth.These masks are used by the Bete people (a group with close links to the Dan) and are believed to be manifestations of forest animals. The characteristics of certain animals would be used by various members of the society and in this case the aggressive power of the bush pig would be used by warriors. As well as being used in rituals the masks were also worn into battle, giving the wearer a frightening image. Origin : private collection, France Dating : 1940Size : 36 x 15 cmWeight : 0,5 kgMaterial : wood

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Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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