African Tribal Face Mask Genuinely Old And Used Guere Gela “War” Mask-40/23.6 CM. Authentic and genuinely old Gela “war” mask made by artisans of the Guere ethnic group. The Guere The Guere ethnic group are found traditionally in Ivory Coast. They are associated with the Wobe, Kran, Gere and others and are often grouped together with them as “We” people. The mask of the We people are often grimacing, fierce looking. They are generally created to be frightening and animal, human and metal materials may be used such as teeth, nails, shells, brass bells, feathers, hair, hide, horns etc. Use These masks, perhaps due to the ferocious appearance, are commonly referred to as “war” mask and were believed to have been originally used in ceremonies concerning the preparation of men for engagement in conflict. They may also be used in funeral ceremonies or in a judicial capacity to seek out those guilty of offences within ordered society Item description A superb example of a Gela mask truly meriting the “museum quality” tag. This is a genuinely old mask of tribal and ethnographic significance with good provenance. As usual, several animal horns protuberances characterize this mask. There is a stylized beard formed from animal hair. There is age degradation to many of the horns. This is in itself an indicator of the age of this mask because animal horn degrades slowly and over decades. SIZE OF THE MASK. An original patina covers the item. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks”. The seller is “naga_4823″ and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Provenance: Ownership History Not Available
- Time Period Manufactured: 1600-1900
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Mali
- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Culture: African