African Tribal Collection - Guere Anyi Gela War Mask Cote D'ivoire Dan *no Resv* For Sale
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African Tribal Collection -GUERE ANYI GELA WAR MASKCote D'Ivoire Dan *No Resv*
Authentic African antiquities & artefacts
for discerning collectors
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TO CELEBRATE OUR RECENT STATUS UPGRADE FROM , AND THE ARRIVAL OF OUR BIG SHIPMENT OF TRIBAL PIECES (FOUND BY US IN REMOTE AFRICAN VILLAGES OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS), THIS WEEK WE ARE OFFERING 'FREE' WORLDWIDE POSTAGE TO ALL OUR EXISTING SATISFIED CUSTOMERS WHO HELPED US ACHIEVE THIS AMAZING STATUS
DAN GUERE ANYI GELA WAR MASK
Originates Cote d'Ivoire
Approximate C20th - field collected by us
Materials: Wood,mudcloth,kaolin,animal horns
Condition:Weathered;fair condition for itsage.Note - This is an exceptional Guere Anyi war mask,full of character.
The We / Wee / Guere / Gere / N'gere / Ngere people live south and south-East of the more famous Dan people in Cote d'Ivoire / Ivory Coast / Elfenbeinkuste. They share many aspects of culture with the neighbouring Dan. They created masks that were used during festivities, funerals, rituals, wars, and that look rather scary and monstrous.
"Modern ethnology puts the Wobe and Guere together under the name We, despite the fact that the people themselves use the old names. The We population is estimated at 100,000. Rice, yams, taro, manioc, maize, and bananas are the primary crops grown. Farming and hunting have been largely replaced by laboring in the diamond camps or working at the rubber plantations. Confederations govern both ethnic groups -- the largest is the warrior confederation which is led by a military chief, who also acts as a civil authority. The family units also play an important role in We social life.
The art of Guere and Wobe 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 and tubular eyes. The style of these forest living people differ from the sophisticated, gentle and often refined art of the neighboring savanna-dwellers. We people produce a variety of masks often characterized by enlarged triangular nose, an open mouth and tubular eyes.
(source = WWW site Rand African Art, 2004)
The money raised from this sale will go a long way to help some impoverished children and villagers.
This mask was acquired from aChief in the 'Guere' region, near lake Buyo, Cote D'Ivoire
whom we have befriended and who has helped us find some other lovely pieces such
as the Guere masks we are now selling on , and some to be listed soon.
We are working with him, and 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.
We have good provenance through his records of many'Guere' and 'Dan' pieces
we have acquired, so have no reason to dispute the above information.
We ship Worldwide from the UK
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WELCOMETOTHE quality Tribal Art at sensible INWESTAFRICA)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 antiqueswith particular interest in tribally used ceremonial masks and figures. Wehave both previously lived in West Africa formore than15 years and have an extensive personal collection from our travels around Africa.African tribal art has been verysought afterover the past decades and it is commonly known thattribal art has been plundered during this timeand many 'copies' have entered the market. However, with the right knowledge and expertise it isstill possible to findnice authentic tribal art piecesin Africa.We also take requests from buyers to find specific pieces in Africa.We arein Africa several times a year searching for tribal treasures from 'untapped'sources and our travels involve going deep into theremote villages. Our passion is for rare tribally used artefacts with excellent 'style'and 'patina' which have moved us. The sources forourtribal pieces stretch across Africafrom Sierra Leone,Cote D'Ivoire, Mali,Nigeria etcand down as far as the Congo.We have a house, a warehouse andan 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 weregularly attendsales in Paris such as Sotheby's, Christie's andBonham's and we have hadpieces appraised. Similarly, we havevisitedand acquainted ourselves with thewell-established tribalart galleries and exhibitions in Paris in order to further our appreciation and knowledge of the 'style' and 'movement' of the varioustribalart styles.The African TribalCollection is not a charity but we are nonetheless passionate about Africa andtribal art andweare doingwhat we canto support various villages inGhana,Cote D'Ivoire, Maliandelsewhere 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 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 MULTIPLE USAAND THE LISTINGS IN ‘POSTAGE SECTION’We send pieces securely packed and normally by recorded delivery with insuranceAdditional return policy details: RETURNS ACCEPTED OF DISPATCH(compared to 7 days offered by other sellers) IF YOU ARENOT HAPPY WITH THE PRODUCT FOR ANY REASON! WE WANT ONLY SATISFIED 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 daysThank you very much for lookingMichaela &Steve
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