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Grebo Mask with Eight Eyes 24″ – Ivory Coast/Liberia – African Tribal Art

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This mask was created in the style of the Grebo people of Ivory Coast/Liberia. The mask features eight protruding eyes. It measures 24 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds. There is some cracking, scrapes, scuffs and imperfections throughout the mask – please see photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast

Ethnicity

Grebo

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

24"

Width (Inches)

9.5"

Depth (Inches)

4"

Weight (Pounds)

3 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scrapes and scuffs.

Tribe Information

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.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.