Acclaimed as one of the most accomplished among the corpus, Marceau Rivière's Guere mask masterfully conveys the aesthetics of strength intrinsic to this ensemble. The expressive force of its facial features finds an echo in the impressive accumulation of materials that encircle them. The brass bells that punctuate the dense necklace made from hair, plant fibres and ritual irons make it possible to identify this work within the very complex set of Guere masks, either as a singer mask (ble gla) or as a griot mask (kpepo gla). These two feminine masks can be identified by the finely slit inset eyes and the traces of kaolin that adorned them – this type is the rarest within this ensemble (cf. Harter, « les masques Wè » in Barbier, Arts de la Côte d’Ivoire, 1993, p. 184-221). "The griots, who symbolize beauty, seized hold of this sculpture. [It] always precedes the arrival of the "Grand Mask" [...]. It divines thoughts using its clairvoyance” (Harter, ibid, p. 210). The powerful aesthetic is heightened through the pictorial impact of chromatic planes. The deep patina reveals its great antiquity.
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