This amazing Grebo mask portrays an abstract face with three hands coming from the front. The mask measures 29 inches tall, 29.5 inches including custom stand, and weighs 8 pounds. The arms on the face were previously broken and have been repaired. There is some chipping, cracking and wear and tear.
Dan Grebo “Hands Up” Mask w/ Custom Stand 29″ – Ivory Coast
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Wood, pigment, fabric, vegetable fiber, feathers
29" mask, 29.5" on custom stand
8 lbs mask, 9 lbs with stand
Repairs to arms, cracking, chipping and wear and tear.
About the Grebo People
“Unlike the other populations living in Liberia, the Grebo people are not structured by the Poro society. They are ruled by a chief known as Bodio who lives in near total isolation. The characteristic feature of Grebo masks are an elongated nose set between tubular eyes. These masks were recently attributed to a neighbouring tribe, the Kru, who live on the Ivory Coast. Since they have one or several pair of eyes, it is thought they may represent sears.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.