Large Antique Hand Carved Wobe Gere Tribal Cote DIvoire Mask. The Bete and Gere people reside in Ivory Coast, just south of the Guro. Religion, omnipresent in Bete life, aims to maintain a harmonious relationship between nature and the ancestors, who are responsible for the welfare of the tribe. Elaborate masquerades and ceremonies are performed by the men of the tribe who belong to dance societies.According to the book, THE TRIBAL ARTS OF AFRICA by Bacquart: Bete carvers are renowned for one particular type of face mask which has exaggerated features- a large protruding mouth, an elongated nose, with nostrils sometimes extending to each side of the face, and globular eyes set beneath a high domed forehead carved with a medium ridge. Historically, this type of mask was worn to prepare men for war; nowadays, it is worn for a variety of ceremonies, including entertainment dances. " These masks were influenced by the tradition of their western neighbors, the "We. The mask does have some light age related wear but is generally in a good condition and is free from any major faults or defects. The piece is impressive in size and measures 40cm in length with a width of 25cm. If you have any questions please message me. The item "Large Antique Hand Carved Wobe Gere Tribal Cote DIvoire Mask" is in sale since Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic Antiques\African". The seller is "retrorevivaluk" and is located in Bristol.This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.