Guere / Bété mask, Ivory Coast This imposing... - Lot 102 - Arthema Auction

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Guere / Bété mask, Ivory Coast This imposing... - Lot 102 - Arthema Auction
Guere / Bété mask, Ivory Coast This imposing African mask, carved in dense wood, bears the diverse influences of groups living close to the Guro, such as the Yaure and Bete. Representing a male ancestor or village dignitary, it is surmounted by figures carved in the round, a man flanked by women, probably his wives. Mottled golden-brown patina. Slight chips and cracks 52 x 26 cm Sold without base It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of gla glaé masks of the Wobé and Guéré populations, a group called Wé or "men who forgive easily", itself belonging to the Krou cultural group, these traditions having been transmitted and taught to them by the Nyabwa.
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