Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : African & Tribal Art : Bete, We : Wobe Wooden Mask
Click to view original image.
Wobe Wooden Mask - PF.4477
Origin: Western Ivory Coast
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 11" (27.9cm) high x 7.375" (18.7cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood


Location: United States
Purchase
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Description
The We people, which included the Wobe and Gere tribes, believe in a world that is divided into two distinct realms; the village, on the one hand, which includes inhabitants and human-made utensils; and the other realm of the forest with its wild animals, bon spirits and fields. In order to communicate with the ethereal world of spirits, masks were made as physical intermediaries between flesh and incorporeal beings. The mask acted as a sort of conduit, a device that communicated feelings, especially during the highly emotionally charged rituals of dance.

A mask such as this fascinating example incarnates a supernatural force, or gle, who lives in the forest and wishes to participate in village life. Because the spirit is invisible it must appear in a recognizable form and establish its own unique character. This particular persona would be communicated through a dream to a male initiate who will then describe the design the mask should have to his village elders. It is up to them to decide whether or not a mask should be made. This method creates a unique object with individualistic qualities. Here we see a very realistic mask with moustache, penetrating eyes and finely woven band around the chin. Its expression projects wonderment and a sense of otherwordly detachment, while still being deeply in touch with reality. Through a sculptor's vision we have a visual record of Wobe life - with its magnificent festivals, dances, and pageantry, opening a door into the mysteries of another world.
- (PF.4477)

 

Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2019 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved

contact-form@barakatgallery.com - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting