This interesting Grebo mask exhibits an interesting expression with large bulging open lips and two tubular protruding eyes. This piece has a crack on the top right banded area, though it is stable. 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.
Intriguing Grebo African Mask 22″ with Raffia – Ivory Coast
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Wood, Pigment, Fiber
22" (mask) 33" (w/ raffia)
Crack on top right banded area.
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.