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Vintage African Guro Mask Orange with Bird Eating Snake Superstructure on Custom Mount 22″ – Ivory Coast

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Type of Object

Face Mask and stand

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast

Ethnicity

Guro or Gouro

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

21” mask; 22" with stand

Width (Inches)

8”

Depth (Inches)

5.5”

Weight (Pounds)

2lbs without stand; 2.5lbs with stand

Overall Condition

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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.