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