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Guro, Gouro, Zamble Mask (N° 18542)

The masks of the Gyé, or Dyé, could not be seen from women. This African mask, a sacred mask embodying a spirit of nature combining animal elements evoking leopard and antelope, is the Zamblé , a male mythical hero. Stretched and curved, it is topped with a sculpted calao motif, associated with fertility.
Among the group of Mande in the south, in the centre 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 have borrowed several characteristics of their creations of African tribal art. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the dy zaouli. Indeed, like the African Masks Goli des Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, who is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu. These masks are the property of families worshipping lineage ancestors, who make ritual and sacrificial use of them in order to attract divine blessings. 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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Originex-collection Ghisolfi
EthnyGouro
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height43
Width12
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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