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Baule / Gouro elephant mask (N° 21615)

Of imposing dimension, this African animal mask glorifies the elephant and its qualities. A polychrome, satin patina enhances the details. A median line in light relief, comes to underline the piece from the top to the end of the trunk. Slight abrasions.
Organized in lineages, the Gouros are the western neighbors of the Baule. Their respective sculptures, by their morphology, testify to their close relationship. Priests and diviners share the predominant ritual functions among the Guro. The secret associations devote a cult to the genies of nature, through the masks in which the spirits are supposed to reside. Their protective spirits called zuzu were worshipped through statues placed on altars. The masks gu , gye and dye , in the hands of notables, were displayed only during major funerals or the enthronement of a chief (Kerchache) .  

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OriginEx-collection française
CountryCote d'Ivoire
Weight6.10 Kg
Estimated datingcontemporain
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