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Mask - Nail, Teeth (animal), Wood - Bete - Ivory Coast - Asian African Art
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Mask – Nail, Teeth (animal), Wood – Bete – Ivory Coast


Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Ethnic group/ culture:Bete
Region/ country:Ivory Coast
Material:Nail, Teeth (animal), Wood
Period:mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:28×16×15 cm
Weight:1100 g

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BETE carvers are renowned for one particular type of face mask which exaggerated features: a large protruding mouth, an elongated nose, with nostrils sometimes extending to each side of the face, and globular eyes set beneath a high-domed forehead carved with a medium ridge. Historically, this type of mask was worn to prepare men for war; nowadays, it is worn for a variety of ceremonies, including entertainment dances.

The Ivory Coast is home of the BETE, they live between the AKAN tribe to the east and the GURO tribe to the north. They number 350,000.

Impressive wooden BETE mask with a powerful appearance. The mask is finished with copper nails and animal teeth. Good condition with traces of wear and tear. Beautiful aged patina.

Provenance: former Belgian collection. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).