Global Art & Artifacts

Large & Rare Guere / Gere Spider Mask. Stand. Cote D’Ivoire. Africa

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Living on the northwestern edge of the Ivory Coast (near the border of Burkina Faso) are the Guere. Their neighbors are the Wobe and – although separate tribes – they are often referred as the We (translated as “men who easily forgive”). According to Jean-Baptiste Bacquart’s book (Tribal Arts of Africa), this expression was the credo when the Wobe and Guere formed their alliance.

 

Guere carvers have always focused on creating extremely powerful faces – with protruding horns, open mouths, bulging eyes. Guere call them “war” masks. Interesting because most are created for funerals and in the “detective” capacity (to single out guilty persons).

 

This mask is unbelievable! I have never seen anything quite like this before… and I am thrilled to have found it through a collector in Pennsylvania. This artistically crafted mask with exaggerated spider-like horns, the elongated face, the inset tacks and the attached woven grass/rattan beard is certainly a rare and one-of-kind mask.

 

Cracks on back near jaw area & front on right side of crown

 

A custom metal stand is included.

 

ONLY available to the Serious Collector of rare and unique masks.

 

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