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Striking African West Coast We Bete Nyabwa Tribal Mask

Height: 45.5 Centimeters / With Rear Costume: 78.5 Centimeters  Measurement Mask Wood, Encrusted Material, Vegetal Material, Cloth, Horns
Estimated Mid 20th Century Good Highly stylized mask with striking features adorned with horns aged surface US East Coast - Estimated $18.00 Exact rate use shipping calculator

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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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