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Guro Yaure Portrait Mask Bird Cote d'Ivoire African Art

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Title Guro Yaure Portrait Mask Bird Cote d'Ivoire African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Yaure/Guro
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 30 Inches
Width: 6.5 Inches
Depth: 8.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina, cracked inner side


Additional Information:  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.