War Mask, We / Guere People, Ivory Coast-34.5/19 CM. The Guere and Wè people of Liberia and the Ivory Coast have annual festivals during the dry season, which lasts from November to February. These festivals feature dancing and performances focused on the figure of the gela, which is embodied in the animated being comprised of face mask, costume, and the wearer beneath. The mask seems to erupt in horns and tusks, and conveys great energy.
Gela can use their power and strength for both destructive and beneficial ends. Older gela are thought to be able to cause thunder and foul weather. However, Any gela can be called upon to reconcile problems within a community. Guere and We villages are surrounded by the bush, and the people have a reverence for the forest.
Both peoples are known as healers, with skilled use of forest plants with medicinal value. These same plants provide leaves that are pounded, mixed with water, and applied to the gela mask in a ritual of activation, imbuing it with the spiritual power and vital energy of the forest. An original patina covers the item. African Tribal Art Wooden Carved Mask The Bobo Bird Mask 1139.African Tribal Art Wooden Carved African Art Antique Ashanti Hair Comb -2472. African Tribal Art Wooden Vintage African Bobo Bird Mask Helmet Burkina --2220.
Vintage Hand Carved Wooden Tribal African Art Face GURO MASK 1757. 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.
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