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Among the Mande group in the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organised into lineages, and are the western neighbours of the Baoule who have borrowed several features from their African tribal art creations. As early as 1906 the French colonists changed their name "Kwéni" to "Gouro". Animists, they use since the 50s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed, like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, the Guro masks, which are linked to the genies of nature, are made up of two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic mask, which is considered to be the wife of the Zaouli mask, the Gu. These masks are the property of families practising the cult of lineage ancestors, who use them ritually and sacrificially to attract divine blessings. Priests and diviners share the predominant ritual functions among the Guro. The secret associations worship 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 gu, gye and dye masks, in the hands of notables, are only displayed during major funerals or the enthronement of a chief.


Guro Gyela lu Zaouli mask
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A female face, lacquered in a bright red and topped with striated shells is surmounted by a sculpted animal motif.
Polychrome patina.
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 ...


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Guro-bete mask
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Ex-collection traditional African art from Belgium.
This African mask offers a vast forehead that a protruding scarification divides vertically, a particularity of the region between the Guro and the Bétés. Human hair has been implanted, while a goatee points under the chin. This mask, whose function remains poorly documented, would symbolize male strength, and perhaps also a powerful notable named "migone". Smooth and glossy patina of black tint, allowing a glimpse of the wood grain.

Height szur base: 41 cm.
The Bété form a tribe established on the left bank of the Sassandra River in the southwest of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and the Niabwa, the workmanship of their masks, as well as their function, offers great similarities .

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Gouro, Guro animal mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Elephant mask

The African zoomorphic masks of the Dié group in Gouro African art. The elephant is honored with this polychrome mask topped by a bird. The ears treated in rectangles form an uncommon characteristic of this sculpture from the Ivory Coast. Abrasions, erosions. Organized in lineages, the Gouros are the western neighbors of the Baoulé. Their respective sculptures, by their morphology, testify to their close relationship. Priests and diviners 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 ...


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Guro/Bete Mask
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This African mask has a rounded forehead that is divided vertically by a prominent scarification, a particularity of the region between the Guro and the Bétés. The rounded horns distinguish this example. This mask, whose function remains poorly documented, would symbolize male strength, and perhaps also a powerful notable called "migone". Black satin patina, abrasions. An indigenous restoration is to be noted at the base of one of the horns.
The Bété form a tribe established on the left bank of the Sassandra River in southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Close to the Kouya and the Niabwa, the workmanship of their masks, as well as their function, offers great similarities.

"Guro" ed. 5Continents.


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Gouro Gu mask of the Zaouli dance
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Among the Mande group of the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé, who have borrowed several features from their creations. Animists,they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed, like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, the Guro set of masks, relating to the geniuses of nature, comes in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic one, which is considered the wife of the zamblé mask, the Gu. The Gu , whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman with the Guro criteria of beauty, especially the facial scarification and filed teeth. It is while singing in honor of the zamblé that the Gu moves gracefully, following ...


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Gouro mask, Guro with animal crest
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A face with fine features, and whose high forehead is capped with braided shells, bears a sculpted animal motif. Grainy brown patina coated with ocher.
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 in lineages, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who borrowed several characteristics from their creations. Animists, since the 1950s, they have been using a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance . Indeed, like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, all of the Guro masks, relating to the geniuses of nature, are available in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic, which is considered to be the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . The Gu , or Lu, whose ...

Gouro Gu mask
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African Guro mask showing a narrow face topped with an amulet as was customary among Guro women. This mask was used with Zamble and Zaouli, but is no longer used today. ("Guro", ed. 5Continents, pl.13) Reddish brown matte patina. Abrasions and lack on the internal contour. br /> Among the Mande group in the south, central Ivory Coast, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baule who have borrowed several features from their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baule, the set of Guro masks, relating to the genies of nature, comes in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic ...


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Gouro, Guro, Kono loom pulley
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Gouro Pulley

Aesthetics of everyday life for African art from the Ivory Coast. The angular stirrup, decorated with geometric motifs, is surmounted by a character holding his long beard. The protruding joints, rendered in a very realistic manner, are masterfully carved.
The figurative motifs of these pulleys are very diverse: cephalomorphic or zoomorphic among the Baule and Gouro, while the Senufo frequently decorated them with hornbill figures. Dark brown granular patina.
In Ivory Coast, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are a pretext for refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. The technique of cotton weaving spread to West Africa thanks to the movements of the Dioulas. Before colonization, ...


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Zaouli Dance Gouro Gu Mask
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African art Gouro.
Monoxyle tribal sculpture made in dense wood, it takes the form of a thin feminine face, lacquered in a deep red, topped with two streaked shells accompanied by a volatile figure at the top. A lacquer of contrasting colours has given this African Gouro mask a smooth and shiny surface. Among the group of Mande from the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, the Gouro have been using a family of African masks associated with the dance Zaouli since the 1950s. Like the Goli masks of the Baoulé, all Guro masks come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, which is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . The Gu , whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman with the criteria of beauty specific to Guro, especially facial scarifications and ...


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Baule / Gouro elephant mask
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Of imposing dimension, this African animal mask glorifies the elephant and its qualities. A polychrome, satin patina enhances the details. A median line in light relief, comes to underline the piece from the top to the end of the trunk. Slight abrasions.
Organized in lineages, the Gouros are the western neighbors of the Baule. Their respective sculptures, by their morphology, testify to their close relationship. Priests and diviners 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 ...


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Guro, Gouro, Zamblé mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Zamblé mask

Struck with prohibition,the masks of the Gyé, or Dyé, society could not be seen by women. This African mask, sacred, combining the characteristics of different animals, is the Zamblé, a mythical male hero. Narrow and curved, its surface is lacquered with areas of contrasting colors.
Locally abraded satin surface.
Among the Mande group in the south, central Ivory Coast, on the banks of the Bandama River, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed many features from their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, the Guro mask set, relating to the genies of nature, comes in two ...


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Gouro elephant mask, Guro
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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 ...


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Gouro olifanten masker, Guro
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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 composed of small black cabochons divides it from the top of the head to the end of the trunk.
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 ...

Gouro/Kweni Zauli mask
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This African mask of the Gouro, Kwen, or Kweni, combining animal elements, is the Gyela lu Zauli. It was used during funerals, political gatherings and entertainment ceremonies.
Splits, abrasions.
Among the Mande group in the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama River, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several features of their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance since the 1950s. These masks are owned by families practicing lineage ancestor worship, who use them ritually and sacrificially to attract divine blessings. Priest and diviner share the predominant ritual functions among the Guro. The secret ...


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Gouro Zamble mask
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br>Banned, the masks of the Gyé society, or Dyé, could not be seen by women. This African mask, a sacred mask embodying a nature spirit combining animal elements evoking the leopard and the antelope, is the Zamblé, a mythical male hero. His colors are now faded.
Height on base: 54 cm.
Among the Mande group in the south, central Ivory Coast, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed many features from their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baule, the Guro mask set, relating to the genies of nature, comes in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third ...


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Guro Zamble Zaouli mask
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This African mask, sacred and not to be seen by women, offering a creative combination of different zoomorphic elements, is the Zamblé, male mythical hero. His face framed by fins, evokes a hybrid being, half animal, half human. Polychrome lacquering.
Among the group of Mande from the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several features from their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baule, the set of Guro masks, relating to the genies of nature, comes in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic one, which ...


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Gouro Zamblé Mask
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Among the group of Mande in the south, in the center 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 ...


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Animal mask Gouro/Bété du Dje
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Among the Gouro and the Yohoure, these African masks of the jé, Djé, reserved for men, personify the power of the spirits, which would have formed an alliance with men. Various animals are declined in these masks manifesting themselves at funerals. Women must hide when they appear. Zoomorphic mask of the southern Gouro with an articulated jaw. Grainy matt patina. Nail impressions. Among the group of the Mande of the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé, who have borrowed several characteristics from their creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Priest and diviner share the predominant ritual functions among ...

Mask Gouro, Guro, Zamble du Zauli
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Struck with prohibition, the masks of the Gyé, or Dyé, society could not be seen by women. This African mask, a sacred mask embodying a nature spirit combining animal elements suggesting leopard and antelope, is the Zamblé, a male mythical hero. Narrow and curved, it is topped here with horns. Bright polychromy. Desiccation crack .
Among the Mande group in the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama River, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several features from their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baule, the Guro mask set, relating to the genies of nature, ...

Gouro Gyela mask read from Zaouli dance
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African Gouro mask from central Ivory Coast. Monoxyle sculpture offering a feminine face with harmonious features and whose hairstyle is surmounted by a scenette. The latter features a character helping a masked gyela dancer to put on his costume. When the mask Gyela (daughter of Gu and Zamble ) appeared, he was indeed dancing aided by an assistant who held up his cape. The piece is lacquered with a vivid polychromy where dark red dominates. Abrasions.
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 have borrowed several characteristics from their creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks ...

Zaouli Dance Gouro Mask
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African Gouro mask from central Ivory Coast. Monoxyle sculpture offering a female face with delicate features and large eyes. At the top, a stylized construction is mixed in an aerial way with curves representing birds. It is probably an entertainment mask. The piece is lacquered with a vivid polychromy.
Among the group of Mande from the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics from their creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, the set of Guro masks, relating to the geniuses of nature, comes in two zoomorphic ...


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