Late 19th/early 20th century – Good condition
Rare mask from the NIABWA ethnic group and which dates from the late 19th-early 20th century.
The mask has the following characteristics: protruding eyes, high cheekbones, a straight nose, a large mouth with non-metallic teeth, gathering distinctive signs of several ethnic groups (BÉTÉ, WÉ-GUÉRÉ), gathered in the area of the Cavalla River, Ivory Coast.
This mask danced during great meetings between brotherhoods. Revered, respected and feared, the mask was only used by a unique owner, no succession was allowed. A ceremony in the honour of the deceased owner had to be organised, by a neutral member of the tribe, in order to free the mask and to be able to acquire it.
Hard wood, crusty patina of use, remains of animal fur on the head, cheeks and chin.
H: 31 cm, L 25 cm ; depth 18 cm ; weight 2300 grams.
Provenance: ancient collection of the doctor colonel major Tartavez.
The actual owner obtained the object by family lineage.
A complete documentation about the colonial officer Tartavez (1874-1963) will be delivered to the buyer.
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