Africa

Guere mask from Liberia

A dance mask with a mouth that moves from the Guere people of Liberia. Along with the Wobe and Sapo, and the We who live across the border in Ivory Coast, their carved art is similar. Wood with natural pigments, paint, horse hair, rope, leather, feathers, metal studs and other materials are often used in various combinations to make for a frightening appearance. As you can see, reticulating jaws are not uncommon. If it is not authentic, it is a very good reproduction.

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