KWELE MASKS 2, Gabon



 KWELE
Mask 25
19" high
$800

  KWELE
Mask 26
19" high
$800
 

 KWELE
Mask 27
19" high
SOLD


 

KWELE
Mask 4
16" high
$350

KWELE
Mask 17
16" high
$250
 

 

KWELE
Mask 5
9" high
$200
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

KWELE MASKS 2, Gabon

Kwele masks are controlled by the Bwete association, which maintains social order. They are used in ceremonies to promote well-being and community. Some did not have eye slits and were shown to onlookers rather than worn. The horn motifs echo the heart shaped face, The masks are considered to be among the most beautiful in African art.

These Kwele masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


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