Excellent Grebo Mask



Excellent Grebo Mask

P R O V E N A N C E: Ex. New Jersey collection, USA.

High 45 cm.

Grebo people, wood and raffia

Excellent Grebo Mask, this one is with elongated nose set between four pair’s tubular eyes, which are thought to represent ancestors, open mouth, with the original colour and to the back original raffia.

* The name Grebo (or Glebo) is used to refer to an ethnic group or subgroup within the larger Kru group of West Africa, to certain of its constituent elements, or to the Grebo language. Within Liberia members of this group are found primarily in Maryland County and Grand Kru County in the southeastern portion of the country, but also in River Gee County and Sinoe County. The Côte d’Ivoire Grebo population Krumen is found the south-western corner of that country.

A recent estimate of their numbers in Liberia is approximately 387,000. There are an estimated 48,300 Grebo in Côte d’Ivoire, not counting refugees. Precise numbers are lacking, since many have been displaced by the recent civil war.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grebo_people