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MASK of WISDOM
Culture Guéré, Ivory Coast
First half of the 20th century
Wood, shell, plant fibers, skin
H .: 40; L .: 18; Thickness: 14 cm
Facial mask in wood carved to represent an angular face with prominent cheekbones, a rounded forehead embellished with two iron nails and a half-open mouth on a jaw with pointed teeth and protruding tongue. The top of the mask, like the upper lip, is covered with pieces of skin, held together with short wooden dowels. His chin is dressed in a beard made of plaited plant fibers and his protruding eyes are enhanced with white shell discs.
This characteristic mask of the Guéré culture is the mask of wisdom that went out and danced annually.
Illustration photography: © Pierre Harter (1928 - 1991), shot between 1956 and 1991, MQB.
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