210211 - Old and Rare Tribal used African Old Gle Bete horn mask - Iv. Coast
Old and Rare Tribal used African Old Gle Bete horn mask from Iv. Coast.
Height: 35 cm.
It shows wear consistent with a dating to the mid. 20th century.
Impressive wood oval african mask with small eyes and mouth carved to the features. The entire front of the face is obscured by a tangle of sheep horns forming a distinctive type of mask. The edge of the mask is decorated with shells.
The Bete are an agriculturalist group who live in the southwest part of the Ivory Coast. Only the western Bete are known to have a tradition of wearing masks at ceremonies. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen his power through the exercise of customary justice that these tribal masks are made available to the chief.
Bete people are located in Ivory Coast and Liberia.