Lot: 20689th Tribal Art Auction
Mask with hinged jaw "gle va"
Côte d'Ivoire, Dan/Kran
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|American Private Collection||H: 16.9 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, fabric, cowrie shells, feather, metal sheet, rep.
"Gle va" is the most important mask spirit of an area. Its main function is to settle important disputes and make peace between villages. To emphasize its importance, it is often larger than the other masks, and physically suggests its power.