Female Shrine Figure
Bete Tribe, Ivory Coast

H: 21"
Inventory # 10362

Most well-known for the gre or nyabwa masks that presided over ceremonies held after armed conflicts, the Bete are also admired for their shrine figures, which were historically used to maintain harmony and balance between the ancestors, the otherworldly and worldly spirits, and the Bete people. This piece has tubular, muscular features and classic Bete scarification markings on the neck and torso.