In sound state. Second quarter of the 20th century. On stand
Provenance: ex-collection of Bertrand Goy, Paris. Obtained from him in 1992 by P. Westerdijk.
Anthropomorphic face masks of the Bété are very rare indeed. I speak now of old and original examples for modern copies are abundant. They were found among the Bété and their neighbours the Dida, but only in very small numbers. What we see is an elongated face with a grooved hairline bordered with brass tacks, a heightened line across the middle of the forehead that continues into the nose as a kind of bridge; a low- placed mouth with parted lips and a lowered chin. Around the lower part of the face is a beard with holes for attaching fur or real human hair. The ears are small and the eyes are carved with upper and lower lids and splits. Deep and black shining patina. Lately all kinds of fake masks of the type described have come onto the market with added phantasy elements like a multitude of horns or fangs and described as so-called spidermasks but all of these fall well outside the original corpus.
Literature: See especially François Neyt: Trésors de Côte d’Ivoire, Brussels, 2014, Fig. 50.
Dimensions:26 x 17 x 10
Tribe /Region; The Bété live in the Zikisso area of southwest Ivory Coast.
Material: very dense hard wood with a reddish glow.
Weight: 0.745 kg.
For the original text from seller, set language on this site to: English
Sold with written declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized in the material cultures of people living south of the Sahara.
Sent by registered and insured mail.
|Lid sinds:||19 november 2014|
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