A beautifully carved and finished mask from the Grebo people of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. The Grebo people were known for committing ritual murder and cannibalism, and sharpening their teeth to give themselves a ferocious aspect. Plank masks of this kind are used to represent and mediate with forest spirits. This is one of the nicer Grebo masks. It is carefully and expertly carved, in good condition except for a surface crack on the chin (see photos). There are holes in the top to hold feathers, as is traditional.
Ceremony: Purification and spirit mediation
Type: plank mask
Age: mid to late twentieth century
Materials: wood; kaolin clay; pigment
Dimensions: 27″ tall x 11.5″ wide x 8″ deep