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Guro Je Animal Mask Headpiece Ivory Coast African Art

$220.00
Product #: 91269
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Title Guro Je Animal Mask Headpiece Ivory Coast Africa
Type of Object Mask Headpiece
Country of Origin Ivory Coast
People Guro, see also Baule
Materials wood, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions Height: 17 Inches
Width: 9.5 Inches
Depth: 5.5 Inches
Overall Condition good.  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.
Damage/Repair cracked horns with repairs, cracks in the back


Additional Information:  Guro mask such as this were used in the Dye ceremony or with a dancing mask group that consists of a number of animal masks that are elegant, fearsome,  and powerful.  The Dye (Je) dance troop consists of the masks that represent  monkey, hyena, elephant, buffalo, roan antelope, hippopotamus, and dog.  Dye masks are violent in their behavior and are not to be seen by females or children who lock themselves indoors or leave the village when the masks appear in the early light at daybreak.  In the past these masks served as the highest display of male authority dispensing justice and exercising social control.  The Dye masks are supreme symbols of male authority and were prominent in the past whereas today they still dance in the village but mostly appear at the funerals of prominent persons.  During the performances, Dye becomes the embodiment of male energy and potential with all of its attendant danger to women and the uninitiated.  A grassy costume would be worn with such masks.