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Zamblé Gouro Mask (N° 14081)
Among the group of Mande from the south, in the centre of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in bloodcuts, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their art creations African tribal system. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance since the 1950s . Like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, which is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . These masks are the property of families who worship the ancestors of blood-lurking, who make ritual and sacrificial use of them in order to attract divine blessings. Priest and soothsayer share the predominant ritual functions of the Guro. Secret associations worship the geniuses of nature, through the masks in which spirits are supposed to reside. Their protective spirits called zuzu were revered through statues placed on altars. Masks gu, gye and dye, in the hands of notables, are only displayed during major funerals or the induction of a chief (Kerchache)Forbidden, the masks of the Company Gyé, or Dyé, could not be seen women. This sacred African mask, featuring a whimsical combination of leopard and antelope, is the Zamblé , mythical male hero. Set and curved, its surface is landlocked with vivid contrasting geometric patterns.
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Lack on a horn. Polished surface, abraded.
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