PROVENANCE: A German officer collected it in the 1960's
ORIGIN: Grebo, Kru, Liberia
Age: Early 20th century to mid XXth.
USE: Half man, half animal protective mask for war ceremonies, to impress the opponents.
HEIGHT: 48 cm 60cm on metal stand ( included in your package ).
It was originally the dealer Kahnweiler in Paris that discovered the first seldom Grebo mask and who sold one to Picasso who found inspiration is them.
CONDITION: Dry patina with brown, red, and white pigments ( all colors darkened due to oxidation by the UV). Wood, 3 holes on the back rim . One chip missing on the lower part of the rim, little crack in the wood between the eyes, and on the chin. Some Abrasion on the forehead.
Striking geometry in sculpture with the flat face, protruding square mouth with incised teeth, pigmented forehead, triangular nose attached to the mouth and tubular eyes
These seldom masks where worn on top of the head, and made to impress the enemy, this mask is coming from a German officer who collected it in the 1960's.
It is the only mask of that type that I have had in my 25 years of dealing in African Art. It is so rare that even African art experts often mistake it for an Ibo mask.
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- Ethnic group/ culture
- Grebo Kru
- Region/ country
- 1st half 20th century
- Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 48×17×10 cm