African Tribal Face Mask Old Tribal used African Gela Guere War Horn mask-18.8/17 CM. Exceptional Gela War Mask of the Guere Tribe of the Iv. The term Gela refers to the animated being that consists of a face mask, costume, and the wearer underneath. The mask features many natural horns that mix animal and human elements. Gela masks have been given a variety of identities that, rather than describing their physical appearance, are associated with the powers associated with the mask personality. The Guere ethnic group is traditionally found in Iv. They are associated with, and often grouped with, the Wobe, Kran, Gere, and others as the “we” people. The mask of the we-people is often grim, grim-looking. We / Guere People, Coast: Gela Mask, commonly referred to as the Guere War Mask. Wild animal horns and fabric over carved wood, mid 20th century. The mask has a heavy patina of libations. The Guere and WÃ¨ people of Liberia and the IV. Coast have annual festivals during the dry season which lasts from November to February. These festivals feature dances and performances centered on the character of Gela, embodied in the animated being that consists of a face mask, costume, and the wearer underneath. The mask appears to erupt in horns and tusks, conveying great energy. Gela can use her power and strength for both destructive and beneficial purposes. It is believed that older Gela can cause thunder and bad weather. However, any gela can be invoked to arbitrate problems within a community. The villages of Guere and We are surrounded by bush and people are in awe of the forest. Both races are known as healers, skillfully using forest plants with medicinal value. The same plants provide leaves that are pounded, mixed with water and applied to the Gela Mask in an activation ritual, infusing it with the spiritual power and life energy of the forest. SIZE OF THE MASK. An original patina covers the item. Made of handmade hardwood. 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