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Guro mask (N° 22423)
Monoxyle sculpture of a female face surmounted by a sculpted statuette representing a dignitary or a king. When the mask Gyela (daughter of Gu and Zamble) appeared, he danced with the help of an assistant who held up his cape. Abraded polychromy. Cracks. Abrasions.
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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 into lineages, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who borrowed several characteristics from their creations. Since the 1950s, they have been using a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance related to the geniuses of nature, and come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic one, which is considered the spouse of the zamblé mask, the Gu. The Gu, or Lu represents a young woman endowed with the beauty criteria specific to the Guro, in particular facial scarifications and filed teeth. According to the authors Fisher and Homberger in "Art of the Ivory Coast", as soon as a mask seems to no longer arouse the interest of the public, it is abandoned for a new copy.
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