Authentic African funeral mask - Grebo / Krou - Ivory Coast - SOLD OUT

Surrealism in African Masks in Grebo / Krou Art

This type of mask would be used during funerary rituals, as evidenced by the many pairs of eyes symbolizing ancestors. It also seems that this type of masks could be worn during battles or at least during rituals and preparation for combat. The Grebo and Krou are ethnic groups in the region bordering the Ivorian and Liberian border, a forested, swampy area with mangrove swamps.

The ominous appearance of the masks of this region corresponds to the mysterious aspect of the spirits buried in the thick vegetation. The extra pairs of eyes also testify to an increased vision of the dancer. The cubist and surrealist style is remarkable. There are beautiful traces of portage on the inner side.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
33 x 19 cm
Ethnic group
Ivory Coast
Tribal Art Collection Italy

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