Lot: 151

91 Tribal Art Auction

Anthropo/zoomorphic face mask

Côte d'Ivoire, Wè-Guéré / Kran

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Private New York Collection (1960s) H: 12.2 inch 1500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, colour pigments, fabric, plant fibre, metal, The ferocious aspect of this masks accounts for their identification as "war" masks but, according to some newer researchers, they are worn primarily during funerals and, in a "detective" capacity, to single out guilty persons.