Face Mask

A work made of wood, fur, kaolin, metal, twine, and leather.

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  • A work made of wood, fur, kaolin, metal, twine, and leather.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Bete or Guro
Côte d'Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Cross-cultural influences between the neighboring Bete and Guro peoples make it difficult to attribute masks such as this one by using only formal and stylistic criteria. A similar example once belonged to the avant-garde poet and artist Tristan Tzara, who, in the early 1900s, was among the first private collectors of African art in Paris. Scholars have suggested that both masks may have been carved by the same artist.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Bete

Title

Face Mask

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood, fur, kaolin, metal, twine, and leather

Dimensions

H. 35.6 cm (14 in.)

Credit Line

Buckingham Fund

Reference Number

1958.118

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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