"Mask Of Wisdom Culture Guéré, Ivory Coast, First Half Of The 20th Century"
MASK of WISDOM Guéré culture, Ivory Coast First half of the 20th century Wood, shell, plant fibers, skin H .: 40; L .: 18; Thickness: 14 cm Facial mask in carved wood to represent an angular face with prominent cheekbones, a rounded forehead decorated with two iron nails and a half-open mouth on a jaw with pointed teeth and protruding tongue. The top of the mask, like the upper lip, is covered with pieces of skin, held together with short wooden dowels. His chin is dressed in a beard made of braided plant fibers and his protruding eyes are enhanced with white shell discs. This characteristic mask of the Guéré culture is the mask of wisdom that went out and danced annually. Illustrative photography: Pierre Harter (1928 - 1991), shot between 1956 and 1991. Text and photos © FCP CORIDON