TERRIFIC WAR DANCE MASK BETE IVORY COAST
In a fine state, but clearly old. On stand.
Provenance: Ex-collection of François Chanudet, La Rochelle, France. Obtained from him by H. Westerdijk in 1977. Now in my private collection. The winning bidder will get on her / his request a written provenance of the piece. I will scan and mail the provenance to the winning bidder.
In the culture of the Bété, masculinity, hunting, and going to war played important roles. Masks like this one were danced to raise the fighting spirit of the soldiers who were preparing to go into battle, fired on by drugs and alcohol. Such masks represent bush entities that came out when summoned to help the war leaders inspire courage into the hearts of their followers. The mask has a central ridge on top of the head, small ape-like eyes under heavy cheekbones, and a broad nose with exaggerated nostrils. The mouth is also ape-like with grooves seen in the lips of chimps and gorillas, which stood
probably model for this kind of masks. All lines are embellished with rows of hobnails. A perfect and large example of a scarce model.
Literature : J.B. Bacquart : The tribal arts of Africa, New York , 1998, p.44 figs 2 and 3. See also :François Neyt : Trésors de Côte d’Ivoire, Brussels ,2014,figs 47 and 48.
Dimensions : 39 x 23 x 23 cm.
People/ Region: The Bété live in S.W. Ivory Coast
Material: hardwood; hobnails.
Weight: 3600 gr including stand
- Etnische groep / cultuur
- Regio / land
- 2e helft 20e eeuw
- Verkocht met standaard
- 39×23×23 cm
- 3600 g