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Hand Carved Guro Mask from Africa's Ivory Coast
Hand Carved Guro Mask from Africa's Ivory Coast

Guro African Mask 23″ – Ivory Coast

$175.00 $52.50

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Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)

Ethnicity

Guro or Gouro

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

23"

Width

8"

Depth

8"

Weight

2.5lbs

Overall Condition

Good with minor imperfections. Please carefully inspect photos.

Tribe Information

About the Guro People

“Between the Baule and the Yaure to the west, the Malinke to the north and the Bete and We to the south, the Guro people live surrounded by savannah and forest. They migrated from the north during the 16th century and number about 200,000. Originally they were called Kweni, but they were violently colonized between 1906 and 1912 and were given the Baule name Guro by the invading French colonials. Guro villages have rounded houses in the northern area and rectangular houses in the southern region. Village life is regulated by a council of elders, representing each main family, and by secret societies. The Guro farm predominantly cotton, rice, coffee and cocoa - the men clear the fields and the women plant. “

Sources:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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About the Bedu Mask

The Bedu masks are commonly danced in ceremonies in Nafana society and are thought to rid the village of toxic energy and bad spirits. The dancer wearing this style of mask would cover his entire body with raffia and tie the mask to his head. You would generally only see the Bedu mask used at New Year festivities once a year.