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Gouro mask, Guro with animal crest (N° 21721)

A face with fine features, and whose high forehead is capped with braided shells, bears a sculpted animal motif. Grainy brown patina coated with ocher.
Among the group of Mande from the south, in the center of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in lineages, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who borrowed several characteristics from their creations. Animists, since the 1950s, they have been using a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance . Indeed, like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, all of the Guro masks, relating to the geniuses of nature, are available in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic, which is considered to be the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . The Gu , or Lu, whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman endowed with the beauty criteria specific to the Guro, in particular facial scars and filed teeth. According to authors Fisher and Homberger in "Art of the Ivory Coast", as soon as a mask no longer seems to arouse public interest, it is abandoned for a new copy.
Ref. : "Guro", A.M. Bouttiaux; ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyGouro
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width14
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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