Abstract Ritual Face Mask
Grebo Tribe, Ivory Coast
Wood, kaolin pigment, feathers, sheet metal, nails

H: 32"
Inventory # 10589

Despite centuries of contact with the West, the masking traditions of the Kru and Grebo are insufficiently documented, and hence their purpose remains somewhat of a mystery. The tubular eyes are thought to represent the clairvoyance of the ancestors, and the masks were apparently used for both entertainment and in ritual ceremonies. When not in use, the masks were placed in front of a village chief’s house, to offer protection.

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