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African mask antiques tribal Face vintage Wood Carved Hanging yaoure guro -4461

$65 $94
38/15.5 cm
It looks like the tip of one of the horns was damaged as well. Other than that, it is in excellent condition.This noble mask is adorned with the horns of an antelope or ram and a hornbill leaning forward. According to my research, for the Guro, this mask symbolizes bravery and compassion. 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 mask. The daily life of the Guro is dominated by secret societies called "zuzu". Such mask were danced in various ceremonies. They belong to the category of Je mask and are the first to appear to warm up the audience prior to the appearance of the anthropomorphic mask, considered to be the most important during the performance.Of mask, the Guro art is very similar to the Baule's and are sometimes difficult to tell apart. However, there are subtle differences between the two styles. For example, Guro maskusually have longer faces. Furthermore, the raised forehead and the bridge of the nose of a Guro mask forms an S-shape profile

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