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c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask

c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre Tribal Mask

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£1,220.00


Product Description

A nice original c1950 to 1960 African Ivory Coast Bete Tribal Gre Mask.

The mask is sculpted out of wood and has 4 carved horns coming out of the cheeks, two nearly meeting around the hooked nose, the other two pointing down like fangs. The eyes are doughnut with horizontal slits under an overhanging brow. The mouth is open, sticks out slightly and has the tongue out. It has been decorated with some form of animal fur, as a moustache. The face is surrounded by a mane made up of rolled cloth, braided cord and short raffia grass fringe. On the cloth are sewn on rows of cowrie seashells and lenticular steel bells. The reverse of the mask is nicely hollowed out and there are two pieces of striped cotton acting as tassels. This beautiful but fearsome looking Bete Gre mask presided over the ceremony held when peace was restored after armed conflicts and participated in sessions of customary justice.

The Bété are a little-studied Ivory Coast group with strong cultural and artistic links to the Dan, the Gere among others. The Bete together with many other tribes, make up the Kru ethnic group. Spiritual authority was wielded with an array of paraphernalia, notably including the “Gre” mask, a horned and decorated creation (originating with the We) designed to instill terror in the onlooker, to quell social unrest, and to be worn when meting out justice after conflict.
The condition of the mask is very good. The mask displays the wear and patina of age. Other than a light brush, the mask has not been cleaned or polished.

It is part of a collection collected by a French Diplomat based in Africa and purchased from his retirement home in Brittany, France.

Size: 30 x 40.5 x 14.5 cm (11 7/8 x 16 x 5 ¾ inches)
Weight: 2083 g

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