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|Guro, Côte d'Ivoire|
The spirit of Gu, whom this spectacular and elegant mask represents, is the mythical wife of Zamble, a supernatural antelope within the complex Guro belief system. Gu is often depicted as elegant, graceful, serene and beautiful. Guro art is often characterized by a skillful combination of human and animal forms, faces with almond shaped eyes, rounded foreheads, and a finely sculpted nose and mouth, with small but sprouting lips. This examples shares all of these classic characteristics. Sacred Guro masks are delicately crafted, colorful, and are used during important gatherings, funerals, and celebrations. They honor protective spirits called “zuzu” that were housed in shrines.
|Lot ID: 22|
|Low Estimate: $6,000|
|High Estimate: $12,000|
|Next Bid: $3,500|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, oils|
|Dimensions: 14'' (35.56 cm) height x 7'' (17.78 cm) width x 5.5'' (13.97 cm) deph|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|The Guro people, between the Baule and the Yaure to the west, the Malinke to the north and the Bete and We to the south, live surrounded by savannah and forest. They migrated from the north during the 16th century and number about 200,000. Originally they were called Kweni, but they were violently colonized between 1906 and 1912 and were given the Baule name Guro by the invading French colonials. Guro villages have rounded houses in the northern area and rectangular houses in the southern region. Village life is regulated by a council of elders, representing each main family, and by secret societies. The Guro farm predominantly cotton, rice, coffee and cocoa - the men clear the fields and the women plant. This delicately designed mask, with its elegant curves, fine detail, and unusually distinct design for its genre, was carved very early in the documented masking tradition of the northern Guro Tribe of the Ivory Coast. Carved from a single piece of wood, it has a rich design and is part of an extraordinary masking tradition. Renowned anthropologist Ariane Deluz suggests that a sophisticated crest suggests “an affluent woman or the wife of a rich man; with a "hair crest", in this case an antelope, prevents her from carrying burdens on her head.” Deluz also maintains that historically, noble Guro women wore such combs and other components fashioned from ivory in similar fashion, in their coiffures.Ref: Bacquart, “Tribal Arts of Africa”; Freyer, “African Vision”; Herzog, “African Masks”; Visona, “A History of Art in Africa”. Photo Source; Guro dancer is @ Eliot Elisofon (from Archives at The Smithsonian Institution|
|Provenance: Ex. Private New York Collection; Exhibition History: Vetted as antique and authentic by a committee of tribal art experts and exhibited at the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Arts Show in January, 2016.|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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