WE / WOBE MASKS, Liberia

WE / WOBE
Mask 251
11" high
$1000

WE / WOBE
Mask 253
10.5" high
$600

WE / WOBE
Mask 256
12" high
$300

WE / WOBE
Mask 261
15" high
$600

WE / WOBE
Mask 262
14" high
$300

WE / WOBE
Mask 257
35" long
$800

WE / WOBE
Mask 257
17" high
$800

WE / WOBE
Mask 258
26" long
$800

WE / WOBE
Mask 258
12" high
$800



Despite their appearance the We/Wobe masks above show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

The mask below has been sold and is left here for reference and educational purposes.

WE / WOBE
Mask 259
27" high
SOLD

WE / WOBE
Mask 260
16" high
SOLD

WE / WOBE
Mask 255
18"
SOLD 

WE / WOBE
Mask 252
14" high
SOLD

WE / WOBE
Mask 254
13" high
SOLD
Photographs © Tim Hamill

WE, WOBE MASKS, Liberia

Living in along the western edge of the Ivory Coast, the Wobe and their neighbors the Guere share numerous customs and beliefs. Although they are separate tribes, the two peoples are often referred to as the We, whose name means "men who easily forgive."

We carvers seem to have focused their skills on carving powerful face masks to which paraphernalia such as cowrie shells, bells, nails and feathers were attached. These applied pieces were thought to reinforce the power of the mask. Wobe masks have protruding globular eyes and enlarged lips. The horns found on Guere masks are usually absent from Wobe ones.

-----From The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

 

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