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Guro Style Mask with Comb 17″ – Ivory Coast – African Tribal Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Guro Baule or Yaure people of Ivory Coast, as it has influences from all. The mask showcases a beautiful pigmented face with a comb-line object protruding from the top of the mask. The mask measures 17 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is minor imperfections including cracking, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos. Stand not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)

Ethnicity

Guro

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

17"

Width

7"

Depth

5.5"

Weight

1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scrapes and scuffs.

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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