This is an old We Guere Mask from the people of Cote d'Ivoire. This type of mask was carved and worn to terrify their enemy when at war. The Guere share many aspects of culture with the neighboring Dan tribe. They created masks that were used during festivities, funerals, rituals, wars, and that look rather scary and monstrous. The art of Guere people is stylistically connected and both groups are often collectively referred to as We, meaning "men who easily forgive." Like the Dan, the We use a wide variety of masquerades, which hold important regulatory position within their small, egalitarian communities. Masks are owned by families and used by individual lineage members in contexts of social control, boy’s circumcision camps, and entertainment. Most We masks were created to frighten with the gaping jaws, enlarged triangular nose, metal teeth, open mouth and tubular eyes. This mask was collected in the field about 20 years ago. It shows age and is heavily encrusted with a loss of paint as well. A very old and unique We mask would compliant your collection.
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Mid Late 20th Century
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