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Guro mask (N° 21324)
The zoomorphic African masks of the Dié group in Gouro African art.
The majesty of the elephant is honored in this two-tone mask. A line of small black cabochons divides it from the top of the head to the end of the trunk. Abrasions at the top and end of one of the tusks restored.
Organized in lineages, the Gouros are the western neighbors of the Baule. Their respective sculptures, by their morphology, testify to their close relationship. Priest and diviner 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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