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Guro, Gouro Mask-Cimier (N° 17488)
Hybrid composition of two animals embodying two of the many geniuses of the bush yu for the company dye., the latter exercising a form of justice within the group. Most of the animals in the forest are represented by masks in the Gouro. The alliance with the geniuses would have been contracted as a result of the women's refusal to grant water to the crusading geniuses in the bush, and the men offered them palm wine. The head of the antelope is removable.
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Patine semi-saturated. Abrasions.
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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