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Guere mask, Ivory Coast and Liberia
mask measures 10" without attachments, 25" with attachments (stand is for display purposes only)
mid 20th century - definite signs of age and use
wood, cloth, metal, plant fiber, hair, animal hide

$SOLD

Guere masks definitely possess a unique aesthetic. The addition of the red, black and white pigment add a lot of character to this
visually interesting mask. This mask has a unique feature on it which is the attachment of a cloth container on the forehead which
held substances to give the mask it's power.

Often described as "war" masks because of their fearsome appearance, these masks were worn primarily during funerals and in a
detective capacity to single out guilty persons and were referred to as "judgement masks". The white on the eyes was not painted
over, so it retained its supernatural ability to detect witch magic, evil, etc. The jaw is not articulated as seen on most (but not all)
judgment masks,  so it could find bad things (accuse) but may or may not have been able to render judgment.