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Bete Mask Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Bete Mask Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Face mask
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
People Bete
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th Century
Dimensions 13 inches H. x 6.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Scrapes, chips, and scratches on the surface, pigment worn away


Additional Information: The Bete of the Ivory Coast 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 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. The present mask is simply carved with sober details. Usually, facial features are sculpturally exaggerated emphasizing eyes, cheekbones, mouth, and the orbital ridge in a series of expressive and powerful forms. The coiffure with hairline on  theforehead represents a typical Bete man’s coiffure. 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. The surface of the mask has a thick coating of the remains of smoke and dust indicating the log use and age of the mask.


Bete masks of this type are rare. This one deserves a prominent place in a collection.


Recommended Reading: Kerchache's ART OF AFRICA


 I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD