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Zaouli Dance Gouro Gu Mask (N° 16419)

Ivory Coast masks and animal symbolism in African art. This monoxyle sculpture depicts a thin female face wrapped in a snake. A bird is also depicted perched on one of the shells of his hairstyle. A sharp polychrome peeling embellishes the room. Slight sparse abrasions.
Among the group of Mande of the south, in the centre of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in bloodcuts, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their creations. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the zaoulidance. Indeed, like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, which is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . The Gu , whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman with the criteria of beauty specific to the Guro, in particular the facial scarifications and the lined teeth, absent on this copy. It is by singing in honour of the zamblé that the Gu, following the sound of the flute, moves gracefully. The dancer is fully clothed in brightly coloured fabrics and plant fibres in harmony with the polychromy of the mask, and performs various acrobatic feats in front of an attentive audience.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyGouro
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height34
Width25
Weight0.99 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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