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Guro Mask (large)

Guro Mask (large)

Country of origin
Ivory Coast
Description
The Guro live west of the Baoule in the Ivory Coast. Secret societies and the belief in the protective spirits call zuzu dominate the daily lives of the tribe. Guro people have a pronounced artistic sense and their masks are made of light wood that is either stained black or painted beautifully in bright, often unrealistic colours, as in this fine example. For the Guro, wild animals represent the powerful bush spirits and also symbolise the co-operative hunting spirits. Antelope masks tend to be worn only at funerals of important chiefs and in Guro society, are only allowed to be viewed by men.
Dimensions & Weight
63cm high, 24cm wide, 14cm deep