Stunning Gela mask / Guere war mask from Ivory Coast with powerfull expression.
Among the Guere and Wè people of Liberia and the Ivory Coast, individuals sponsor festivals that take place annually during the dry season, which lasts from November to February. These festivals feature dancing and performances focused on the figure of the gela. The term gela refers to the animated being comprised of face mask, costume, and the wearer beneath. Gela masks are given a variety of identities that, rather than describing their physical appearance, are linked to the powers associated with the mask persona. This gela mask is known as “The Ancient One,” suggesting that the style has persisted for multiple generations. Many people commonly refer to this type of mask as a “Guere War Mask.”
It is believed the gela can gather up the ill will and negative feelings plaguing a community and deposit them back into the forest.
The powerful mask is decorated with horns and is in good condition with traces of wear and tear.
Object: War Mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Guere
Region/ country: Ivory Coast
Material: Wood, Horns, Teeth
Period: 2nd half 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 45×32×17 cm
Weight: 2100 g