This Grebo mask features four faces and a total of 32 eyes. Grebo masks are known for portraying multiple eyes but this is by far the most I have seen. The mask is 40 inches tall and weighs 5 pounds. *Stand not included*
Grebo Mask w/ 4 Faces and 32 Eyes 40″ – Liberia – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment, fabric, feathers
40" mask, 48" w/ raffia
Some cracking and a hole in the face. Imperfections 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.