This mask was created in the style of the Grebo people of Ivory Coast/Liberia. The mask features four eyes, bright lips and feather and raffia decorations. The mask measures 11 inches tall, 17 inches including raffia, and weighs 1.5 pounds. The feathers have lost most of their actual feather pieces and the stem remains. There is some cracking and wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
Four-Eyed Grebo Mask 11″ – Ivory Coast/Liberia – African Art
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber and feathers
11" mask, 17" including raffia
Feathers have become bare. Some cracking 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.