Mask - Wood - Guerre / We - Côte d'Ivoire

Mask - Wood - Guerre / We - Côte d'Ivoire
1st half 20th century - Excellent

- Expressive mask

- Wood, upholstery nails, fur, rosewood powder, brass teeth as beard decoration

- Excellent signs of use on the inside

The Wè people are settled in the western Ivory Coast and are in complex stylistic connection with the surrounding tribes of the Dan, Bété, Guéré, Wobe and Kru. The exact classification of the Wè tribe is often difficult to define, since it is also a rather large, stylistically related tribal complex of several million members. Figures play a very minor role for the Wè, where masks have become more commonly known. In the basic design, the figures and masks are to be described as relatively plump and rather compact, these represent a link between the rather fine, light masks of the Dan in the north/west and the archaic, often very heavily executed masks of the Kru and Bété of the south and east.

Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Guerre / We
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
1st half 20th century
Sold with stand
25×20×25 cm
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