PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Guro Mask

Ivory Coast

Early 20th cent. 
Wood & pigments
29 cm

Provenance

Formerly in a French’s private collection

Description

This Gouro mask from Ivory Coast was made by the "Master of Bouaflé". Named "Gu" in the vernacular language, this mask is depicting a woman renowned for her beauty danced during the rituals. He was carried by a man and aimed to bring the chance to the family who invoked this mask. The dancer then mimed the feminine grace.


This mask is particularly neat in its refined and elaborate plastic. Special attention is paid to the details. The headdress is particularly worked: on the top of the front, it forms a set of triangles richly adorned with multiple mats. The top of the cap forms a bun in section. The almond look is very slender and pierced with thin slits. The mouth, small, projects forward the pouting and internalized expression of the whole.
This style of mask is one of the most refined of African art. The soft honeyed patina of this mask enhances the plastic qualities of this beautiful example of Gouro’s mask.