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- Country of origin: Ivory Coast
- Size: 39 cm H x 16 cm W
- Materials: wood, pigments
- Decorative african art
Greatly refined african mask, in typical traditional Guro style.
Guro masks are very similar to the Baule’s and they are sometimes difficult to tell apart.
However, there are some differences between the two styles. For example, Guro masks usually have longer faces.
The raised forehead and the bridge of the nose of a Guro mask forms an S-shape profile.
Another marker of Guro masks is the nature of the tattoo marks found on them; Guro tattoo marks replicate the scarification marks found on the men of the tribe. These marks are cut in relief on the foreheads and the cheeks in repetitions.
Guro masks have small mouths and sharpened teeth. The coiffure is done in elaborate, geometric patterns,
In addition, most Guro masks have broad, wooden collars to hold raffia cloaks worn by the dancers.
All those markers are clearly visible in the pictures, which makes this mask a very representative mask of the Guro tribe.
2nd half of the 20th century
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