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Bete War Mask ll

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Item 696
6.00 LBS
$17.00 (Fixed shipping cost)
Maximum Purchase:
1 unit(s)

Product Description

The Bete reside in the southwestern part of the Ivory Coast. Religion, present in every facet of daily Bete life aims to maintain a harmonious relationship between nature and the ancestors who are responsible for the welfare of the tribe. Today the vast majority still follow their traditional African religion, believing in a creator God Lago, but do not pray to or worship him. Instead they seek help from many lesser spirits that have supernatural power to help or give protection. They observe many customs and taboos and make sacrifices. This type of mask is known as a Nyabwa, same as the tribe from which it originated. The Nyabwa passed it down to the We who are composed of the Ngere and Wobe and then subsequently to the Bete. This mask was used by traditionally by the Bete as a war mask. One that would incite fear in the enemy and one that would command awe and instill respect into Bete warriors preparing for battle. They also accompanied warriors into battle to counteract destructive forces. The nyabwa has exaggerated, distorted features – a large protruding mouth, front mounted horns, bulging forehead, elongated nose and protruding slit eyes set beneath a high-domed forehead. Metal studding further enhances its power and also reflects the richness of the tribe. Our nicely aged selection has a much sought after feature - a moveable lower jaw! Which has been strapped onto the face by strips of leather. This aspect though the movement is slight serves to enhance the power of the spiritual entity that is the mask!

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Dimensions: 8 1/4 inches tall x 5 1/2 inches wide x 4 inches deep. 

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