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Guro Gyela lu Zaouli mask (N° 21830)
A female face, lacquered in a bright red and topped with striated shells is surmounted by a sculpted animal motif.
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Among the Mande group from the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, the Gouro have been using a family of African masks associated with dance since the 1950s. Zaouli . Indeed, like the Goli masks of the Baoulé, all of the Guro masks are available in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic, which is considered to be the wife of the zamblé mask, the Gu . The Gu , whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman endowed with the beauty criteria specific to the Guro, in particular facial scars and filed teeth. It is while singing in honor of the zamblé that the Gu moves gracefully, following the sound of the flute. The dancer is fully covered in fabrics and vegetable fibers in bright colors in harmony with the polychromy of the mask, and performs various acrobatic feats in front of an attentive audience.
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