Bété Mask, Cote d'Ivoire
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Description of Significance:
The Bete masks are sacred, as they do not represent spirit of the wilderness, as many other African masks do. Instead they are the spirits. Mano masks are kept in a sacred enclosure near the community meeting place. They are brought out to reenforce the authority of a leader. When danced, the masks represent judgement in disputes between individuals.
Country of Origin:
- Hand carved in Ivory Coast
- Depth: 8"
- Width: 9"
- Height with base: 39"
- Metal details
- Indigenous wood
- Wall Hanging: the mask also comes with a wire on the back in order to hang on the wall.
- The high quality custom base in the first photo is INCLUDED with this piece.
About Decorative African Art:
Hemingway Gallery only purchases pieces from artists or owners that we approve of historically and aesthetically. These might include artworks that have been newly created and are currently being used in ceremonies. We place high value in these pieces, despite their lack of age and antiquity, regarding them as real even though they are not old. Some are created for use by the people and not made for the tourist trade. Ours are by talented artisans creating fine art that reference historic styles. Newly produced African art is gorgeous and we value these pieces. This includes contemporary aesthetics from the continent that may not necessarily look traditionally ‘African’. Our goal is to represent design in Africa that goes beyond the idea of ‘tribal’ as the styles of emerging artists are ever evolving.
About Antique African Art:
Hemingway Gallery regards antique African art as the best artistic expression of aesthetic beauty and storytelling throughout the known history of art. Aside from artistic taste, African art accrues value in different ways than other genres, including use in ceremonial settings as well as age. 50 years can be regarded as old or antique when it comes to wood masks and totems. Hemingway Gallery provides both authoritative insight and context into each artifact in the collection, possessing and readily exhibiting direct, intimate knowledge of the source and pedigree. The goal is to preserve and curate one-of-a-kind artifacts of importance while creating a platform for the acquisition of spectacular unique pieces within financial reach.
Our pricing correlates directly to the asking prices of artists, artisans and art dealers in the various African countries we collect from and the costs of importing their artwork to the U.S. We need to change the idea that artists should be paid pennies for their fine art just because it comes from Africa. Paying a fair price to our artists is our number one priority and our pricing reflects that.
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