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Guro Mask Crocodile with Bird on Top African Art

Regular Price: $195.00

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Product #: 97339
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Title Guro Mask Crocodile with bird on top Africa
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Guro
Materials Wood, paint
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 27 inches tall x 8.5 inches wide x 4.5 inches deep
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Minor chips and scratches, dirt and general wear


Additional Information: A well carved Guro face mask topped with a crocodile and bird.  The mask is painted in multiple paints and the surface is shining. The carved face depicts a human visage with finial details that recall a Guro style.  


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.