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Senufo, Dan and Guro 3 Piece Mask Lot 8.25″-18.5″ – African Tribal Art

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These beautiful masks were carved in the style of the Senufo, Dan and Guro people from Ivory Coast. The masks feature interesting facial scarification and measure 8.25-18.5 inches tall each and weigh 0.5-1.5 pounds. There is some imperfections including cracking, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos. A stand is only included with the Senufo Kpelie mask on the far left.

Type of Object

3 masks

Ethnicity

Dan, Guro, Senufo

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

8.25"-18.5"

Width (Inches)

5"-6"

Depth (Inches)

2.5"-5"

Weight (Pounds)

0.5-1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scrapes and scuffs.

Tribe Information

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Tribe Information

About the Dan People

The Dan are known for their superb woodwork. Masks are the single most paramount form of artwork created by the Dan, creating a bridge between the supernatural and physical worlds.
Read more about the Dan here.

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.

About the Senufo People

“Scattered across the Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso, the million and a half Senufo tribespeople live principally off the fruits of agriculture and occasionally hunting. They inhabit villages governed by a council of elders, who in turn are led be a chief elected from their number. Tribal cohesion is reinforced through the rituals of the Poro society who initiate and educate the men from the age of seven onwards. Senufo theology is based on Koulotiolo, a powerful god, and Katieleo, a goddess mother, who through the rituals of the Poro society, regenerates the world.
The Senufo were among the first tribal artists to be admired by the Western world. Their artistic output has been prolific – statues and masks characterized by realistic features or highly geometric shapes which emphasize rhythm and the opposition between void and full spaces.”

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