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c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask

c1960 Africa Ivory Coast Guere Wobe Ceremonial Mask

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£650.00


Product Description

A very nice original African Ivory Coast Guere or Wobe Ceremonial Mask.

The mask, which dates from no later than the 1950s to 1960, is carved out of wood and is quite daunting in appearance. Before the 1960s, the making of the masks was inspired by the visit of spirits in dreams, and covered such activities as war, dancing, singing, hunting, etc. Each mask was named dependent on the activity it represented. Guere or Wobe masks are distinctive because of their abstract look. The forehead hangs over the face, which has fake globular cylindrical eyes and cheeks. The mask is surrounded by a tight woven linen padded out with the same material. Set on top of it are locks of natural light-coloured long hair. The hair also runs down either side of the broad nose and there is a long sweeping moustache. The open mouth sports block shaped teeth. The reverse shows evidence of wear and age.

Condition is very good, although there is some insect damage to the linen cloth on the reverse. Apart from a light brush, the mask has been not been cleaned or polished.

This is probably a war mask from the Guere or Wobe people. They are an ethnic group from a forested region along the border of the Ivory Coast and Liberia. They are a part of a larger people named the We, and all of them share many beliefs and customs as well as similar art.

The mask has a nice patina of age and dates from around the 1950s to 1960s. 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: 35 x 30 x 15 cm (13 ¾ x 11 ¾ x 6 inches)
Weight: 2056 g

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