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Guro Elephant Mask Cote d'Ivoire African Art 25 Inch

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Product #: 115175
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Title Guro Elephant Mask Cote d'Ivoire African Art 25 Inch
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Guro or Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Late 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 25 Inches
Width: 10 Inches
Depth: 9.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Missing keys, age cracks, stain
Damage/Repair Repaired tusk, cracks, chips, wear


Additional Information:  This mask has features that lead us to beleive it is from the Guro in Ivory Coast.


The Guro of the Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire) are related to the Baule, and there is a resemblance in their masks. The daily life of the Guro is dominated by secret societies called "zuzu". Guro masks are elegant, usually long with pointed chins, and generally the most colorful of African masks. Sometimes there are burn marks on them. They are often repainted, so layers of paint are not uncommon.   Such masks were danced in various ceremonies. They belong to the category of Je masks and are the first to appear to warm up the audience prior to the appearance of the anthropomorphic masks, considered to be the most important during the performance.