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Gothamgallery Fine African Art - Ivory Coast We Bete Nyabwa Tribal Mask For Sale
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Striking African West Coast We Bete Nyabwa Tribal Mask
Height: 45.5 Centimeters / With Rear Costume: 78.5 Centimeters
Wood, Encrusted Material, Vegetal Material, Cloth, Horns
Mid 20th Century
Highly stylized mask with striking features adorned with horns aged surface
US East Coast - Estimated $18.00
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CONDITION Wood deterioration, age cracks, chips, worn areas, lost to attributes, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.
BACKGROUND The Bete are an agricultural group who live in relatively major villages in southwestern part of the country. They grow what is needed for a subsistence economy and also have linked to the market economy and much of their effort is devoted to the cultivation of cacao and coffee. They place particular importance on the hunt. 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. Only the western Bete are known to have a masking tradition. To overcome hostile forces that hunters encounter in the underbrush and forests, their masks offer magical protection by instilling fear and terror in potential enemies. Masqueraders perform during burials, at the end of the mourning period, or in honor of important people. Sometimes they or one of their attendants carries a lance. This weapon possibly points to the mask’s original function – that of a war mask.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly
influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see
why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional
object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent
tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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Gothamgallery Fine African Art - Ivory Coast We Bete Nyabwa Tribal Mask: $335