African Tribal Mask

Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks


Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks
Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks
Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks
Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks
Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks
Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks

Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks    Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks
27 x 13 x 14.5 cm. Ivory Coast (see ethnographic notes below). Timber Carving & Pigments Medium: Timber Carving & Pigments.

African Origins sells tribal objects which have been used, in some cases, for many, many years. African Origins has been trading online since 2007.

We are constantly on the look out for interesting objects to add to our collection. Where possible, we will specify the provenance of important individual tribal objects. Of all animals, the Guro revere five: the antelope, the hyena, the leopard, the crocodile and the elephant. These are animals mostly found in the savannah and tropical forest where the 200,000-strong tribe lives.

The Guro people are found in Ivory Coast; their art is closely related to their neighbors, the Baules. In fact, Guro is a Baule name; the actual indigenous name of the tribe is Kweni. The Guro people are mostly farmers. Therefore, their craftsmanship embraces imageries tied to the land and to agrarian practices. The symbolism of the four animals featured on their masks derives from these: the antelope is beloved for its grace and speed and for the folkloric belief that a mythical antelope taught men to farm.

The hyena is regarded as a hardy animal living off the land, smart and resourceful; the leopard connotes power, bravery and enterprise; the crocodile is regarded as the king of the marshes, guarding the water bodies found in the hinterland location of the tribe. The elephant is believed to be graceful, kind, powerful, royal and loyal. In addition, these animals are believed to represent links between the human and the spiritual worlds. No Guro mask is without hidden messages and spiritual importance.

The tribal life is mostly regulated by the Je society. This male secret society is responsible for the social, administrative and judicial organization of the tribe. It is responsible for making decisions and for protecting the members of the tribe.

The item "Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks" is in sale since Friday, August 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African".

The seller is "joburger63" and is located in Mallacoota. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  1. Original/Reproduction: Original
  2. Provenance: Côte d'Ivoire
  3. Originating Region: Africa
  4. Product Type: African Tribal Mask
  5. Material: Carved Wood
  6. Tribe: Baule
  7. Origin: Ivory Coast


Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks    Guro Zoomorphic Mask, Côte d'Ivoire, African Tribal Arts, African Masks