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Intriguing Grebo African Mask 22″ with Raffia – Ivory Coast

$175.00 $157.50

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This interesting Grebo mask exhibits an interesting expression with large bulging open lips and two tubular protruding eyes. This piece is in good condition with minor imperfections. The mask stands 22 inches tall and 33 inches including the raffia and weighs 5 pounds. It does not come with a stand, but one can be added for an additional price.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast

Ethnicity

Grebo

Material

Wood, Pigment, Fiber

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

22" (mask) 33" (w/ raffia)

Width (Inches)

9"

Depth (Inches)

8"

Weight (Pounds)

5 lbs

Overall Condition

Good with minor imperfections.

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.

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