face mask
face mask
face mask

Image Resources | Currently on View in Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art (W305)

face mask

Bete people


Bete maskers are protective agents and embody spiritual forces.  They appear at entertainment activities and other public festivals, funerals, trials, inter-village treaty ceremonies and during hunting and war activities.  The relatively naturalistic appearance of this mask is unusual, since most Bete masks have distorted features and resemble those of the We.

(Mamadou Koita/Ismaila Sibi, New York) sold on Oct. 27, 1975 to Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997] of Indianapolis; donated to the IMA 1989

Object Information

culture
Bete people
creation date
early 20th century
materials
wood, pigment, leather, hair, iron
dimensions
10 9/16 x 6 1/2 x 5 in.
accession number
1989.354
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
African Art
colors