Lot: 18487th Tribal Art Auction
Helmet mask "gbetu"
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Paul Descamps, Antwerp, Belgium||H: 29.7 inch||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, blackish brown patina, partly encrusted, drilled holes along lower rim, slightly dam., minor missing parts, cracks, strong abrasion of paint. "Gbetu" masks are not utilised by the "sande" society, but are rather used by men for public displays on holidays, for weddings, funerals and other special events but also are associated in some ways to the all powerful male "poro" society. The masks are accompanied by abundant raffia costumes, entirely veiling the dancers body.