Africa, Ivory Coast, Ngere/We, 20th century / Mask (gela) / c. 1940sAfrica, Ivory Coast, Ngere/We, 20th century
Mask (gela)
c. 1940s

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Creator Nationality: Africa, Ivory Coast, Ngere/We, 20th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Ivory Coast, Ngere/We, 20th century
Title: Mask (gela)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1940
Creation End Date: 1949
Creation Date: c. 1940s
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood, metal, cloth, fur, hair, tusks, and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 38.1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1971.294
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Provenance: Harry Franklin, Los Angeles
Style or Period: Africa, Ivory Coast, Ngere/We, 20th century
Context: This was probably a warrior's mask designed for psychological warfare: it provoked awe and fear in the enemy and inspired its supporters. The combination of diverse, power-laden media with their various visual qualities marshals spiritual forces. The gaping, red mouth with metallic teeth, animal tusks, carved wooden representations of animals' teeth, and the bulging tubular eyes combine to evoke power and aggression -- both physical and spiritual -- in order to move the viewer.See video
AMICA ID: CMA_.1971.294
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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