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Gouro Elephant Mask (N° 16803)
The african zoomorphic masks of the Dié group in the African art Gouro
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Masque bicolor that divides a middle line composed of small black cabochons from the top of the head to the end of the trunk.
Organized in lineages, the Gouros are the western neighbors of the Baoulé. Their respective sculptures, by their morphology, bear witness to their close relationships. Priest and soothsayer share the predominant ritual functions among the Guro. The secret associations worship the geniuses of nature, through the masks in which spirits are supposed to reside. Their protective spirits called zuzu were revered by statues placed on altars. The masks gu, gye and dye, in the hands of notables, are only displayed during major funerals or the induction of a chief (Kerchache).
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