Lot: 99

95e Vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Masque facial expressif

Libéria / Côte d'Ivoire, Grebo / Krou

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Knud Nielsen, Jelling, Denmark H: 35,5 cm 3000 EUR
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wood, pigments,
The Grebo people settle in southern Liberia, on the shores of the Cavally River, which forms the border with Côte d'Ivoire. The Kru are their direct neighbours. Despite centuries of contact with the West, the masking traditions of both groups are insufficiently documented.

In any case, these fascinating masks offered a source of inspiration for many modern artists. Last but not least, it is said to have been a Grebo/ Kru mask that inspired Picasso to create his work "Guitar" in 1912 (today in the Museum for Modern Art, New York).