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Bete Mask with Studded Face and Beard Ivory Coast Africa

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Title Bete Mask with Studded Face and Beard Ivory Coast Africa
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
People Bete
Materials Wood, pigment, metal studs, glass beads, raffia fibers, feathers
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Height (in) 14.5
Width (in) 9
Dimensions Height: 14.5 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
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 worn surface, cracks, chips and general wear.

Additional Information: A well caved face mask decorated with studs on forehead around hairline and eyes. Many layers of pigment have been applied to the entire face. Bete 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 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 the-forehead represents a typical Bete man’s coiffure.

Recommended Reading: Kerchache's ART OF AFRICA