African Tribal Collection - Bete Spider War Mask - Dan Nyabwa We Wobe Nyaba

African Tribal Collection - Bete Spider War Mask - Dan Nyabwa We Wobe Nyaba

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African Tribal Collection - BETE SPIDER WAR MASK - DAN NYABWA WE WOBE NYABA Cote d'Ivoire

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Cote D'Ivoire

This is a very heavy item which comes very well packed!!

Originates Cote D'Ivoire

BETEGuere (Gere, Ngere)

Approx 20th Century


Measurements 9.5 D 10

Measurements 24 D 24

Nice smooth and encrusted patina

Note:This is a tribally used Nyabwa mask.It has minor chips from use / wear, and2 large cracks on thetop and bottom at the back, probably from being dropped during dances... however, the claws are all intact and do not appear to have had any old or new repairs.It has cloth and leather, and faded red, purpleand white kaolin.

This maskhas good signs of use. There isa pattern of embedded metal studsall over. (hence the high postage...)

Bete carvers are renowned for one particular type of face mask, the gre or nyabwa , which
has exaggerated, grimacing distorted features – a large protruding mouth, facial
protuberances, bulging forehead, elongated nose, with nostrils sometimes extending to
each side of the face, and globular or bulging slit eyes set beneath a high-domed forehead
carved with a medium ridge. In earlier days, this mask presided over the ceremony held
when peace was restored after armed conflicts and it participated in sessions of customary
justice. This type of mask was also worn to prepare men for war; the masks offered magical
protection by instilling fear and terror in potential enemies. Nowadays, it is worn for a variety
of ceremonies, including entertainment dances.
Sources: A History of Art in Africa / Africa - The Art of a Continent


The money raised from this sale will go a little way to help some impoverished children and villagers.

We are aiding the 'Red Cross' charity efforts


to help the villages in the Lake Buyo & Moyen-Cavally region where a lot of displaced villagersare suffering. Much of the proceeds of ourtribally used pieces from Cote D'Ivoire will be shared between these efforts, & in Ghana.


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WELCOME TO THE AFRICAN TRIBAL COLLECTION Excellent quality Tribal Art at sensible prices YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR AUTHENTIC AFRICAN ANTIQUES (MUCH OF THE SALES PROFIT GOES BACK TO HELP SUPPORT VILLAGES IN WEST AFRICA) We are a husband and wife team based in the UK with strong personal links to Ghana and much of West Africa. Over the past few decades we have been passionate collectors of African antiques with particular interest in tribally used ceremonial masks and figures. We have both previously lived in West Africa for more than 15 years and have an extensive personal collection from our travels around Africa. African tribal art has been very sought after over the past decades and it is commonly known that tribal art has been plundered during this time and many 'copies' have entered the market. However, with the right knowledge and expertise it is still possible to find nice authentic tribal art pieces in Africa. We also take requests from buyers to find specific pieces in Africa. We are in Africa several times a year searching for tribal treasures from 'untapped' sources and our travels involve going deep into the remote villages. Our passion is for rare tribally used artefacts with excellent 'style' and 'patina' which have moved us. The sources for our tribal pieces stretch across Africa from Sierra Leone, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria etc and down as far as the Congo. We have a house, a warehouse and an outlet situated on the beachfront in Accra in Ghana where we initially store the treasures from our African hunting trips. All pieces are fumigated prior to shipment from Ghana and upon arrival in the UK the pieces are re-checked for mould and any evidence of insects before we enter them into our collection. We have local experts in West Africa and we utilise their knowledge of the woods used and the carving styles of the relevant tribes to help assess the age and authenticity of the pieces we find. To keep up to date with the tribal art market we regularly attend sales in Paris such as Sotheby's, Christie's and Bonham's and we have had pieces appraised. Similarly, we have visited and acquainted ourselves with the well-established tribal art galleries and exhibitions in Paris in order to further our appreciation and knowledge of the 'style' and 'movement' of the various tribal art styles. The African Tribal Collection is not a charity but we are nonetheless passionate about Africa and tribal art and we are doing what we can to support various villages in Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali and elsewhere in West Africa. We are currently working with several aid agencies locally including the 'Rita Marley Foundation', Red Cross, American NGO's and local Chiefs. Michaela also runs 'FairTradeGhana' helping to support the artisans and villages in the Aburi Mountains in Ghana by selling their amazing new crafted pieces via the internet. Please Google 'fairtradeghana' for more info on our projects (NEW WEBSITES UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Please note that we do not take pictures in a professional studio Environment. We try to take the pictures in Africa where we find the items. Prior to shipment from Africa we fumigate the pieces but we do not polish or clean them with chemicals meaning that buyers receive the pieces as they were found. This, we believe, is part of the authentic African experience we try to offer. We always welcome questions, please email us via BIG POSTAGE DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE PURCHASES SHIPPING COSTS TO THE USA AND THE EU ARE STATED IN items IN ‘POSTAGE SECTION’ We send pieces securely packed and normally by recorded delivery with insurance Additional return policy details: RETURNS ACCEPTED WITH 'FULL REFUND' WITHIN 30 DAYS OF DISPATCH (compared to 7 days offered by other sellers) IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE PRODUCT FOR ANY REASON! WE WANT ONLY SATISFIED CUSTOMERS! Item must be returned in the condition and packaging as it was sent. Buyer pays for return postage. We reserve the right to relist items not paid for within 7 days Thank you very much for looking Michaela & Steve

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