Mask - Wood - Côte d'Ivoire

Mask - Wood - Côte d'Ivoire

The Guéré are an ethnic group of Ivory Coast, they live in the western region of the country, near Liberia. If currently this people mainly lives between the Cavally River (Liberian border), the Sassandra River (in the east), and the south of the regions of the 18 mountains, by the past they had settled more in the north, in the current Dan country, but they were progressively forced to take refuge in the forest which characterises this region, mainly because of the Mandingo invasions of the 17th century.

Ancient Les Wé mask, which name means “men who forgive easily”, are divided into two ethnic groups, the Guéré and the Wobé. Among the Wé, we can find singer masks (usually ornamented with bells), Griot masks, war masks, dancer masks and sacred masks.

Here we have a sacred Guéré dance.

All the characteristic elements are here.

This type of mask is danced to ensure a judiciary or religious function. This is the ancestor mask of the ethnic group, to one who gave birth to all the other ones. If the Wé are happy, prosperous, fecund or victorious in combats, it is thanks to these sacred masks.

Lot details
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Sold with stand
26×13×15 cm
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