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Bete Mask Colonial Hat Cote d'Ivoire African Art

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Title Bete Mask Colonial Hat Cote d'Ivoire African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Bete
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age scond half 20th century
Dimensions 16.5 inches H. x 8.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair cracks in hat, stains from water, cracks under chin, cracks and chips in places


Additional Information:  This expressive mask comes from the Bete people of the Ivory Coast who live along the Sassandra River in large villages organized according to family lineages. Like neighboring peoples such as the We or the Dan and especially the We or Guere, whose influence can be seen in this mask, the Bete carve and use masks of extraordinary form and inventiveness to represent the untamed forces of nature that Bete identify as “Gle or Gre”. This present mask has facial features that show Baule, Dan's and Wee influences. The face emphasizing a strong nose, pierced eyes, and mouth carved beard. The hat on the top offer anatural expression and the powerful form we've seen on this mask. Remains of the white pigment and dust on the surface of the mask indicate the long use and age of the mask.


or the performance purpose, The mask would be is surrounded by various material such as cowry shells, cotton cloth, pigment, iron bells, animal horn, bird feet, animal skin, vegetable fibers, which would add to the dramatic look expexted for such masks. In the past masks such as this were worn during periods of social strife and war, whereas today they are danced primarily during funerals or are present during judicial proceedings or at times will dance to simply entertain clansmen and villagers.


See Jacques Kerchache et al ART OF AFRICA.