HEADING_CONTACT_US_POPUP_TITLE

HEADING_CONTACT_US_POPUP_SUBTITLE

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

c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Bete Gre War Mask

Price:

£1,250.00


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 and nearly meeting around the hooked nose. The eyes are rectangular slits under an overhanging forehead. The mouth, with its imbedded pieces of teeth, sticks out slightly and has been decorated in some form of striped fur. The relative plainness of the face is balanced by the double rows of short raffia fibres, mounted on linen cloth and then decorated with lines of cowries steel bells. On the top there is a pineapple shaped crest made of cowrie shells and with tufts of Guinea fowl feathers. 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: 46 x 32 x 12 cm (18 x 12 ½ x 4 ¾ inches)
Weight: 1842 g

Shipping

  • Shipping Weight: 4kgs
  • Worldwide shipping costs can be estimated by adding the item to your basket and clicking the Shipping Estimator.