Guro Mask with Two Birds, Baule Tribe, Cote d'Ivoire
Wood carved mask with upturned mouth, coiffure topped by two birds. Red paint covers the surface, black coiffure, white accents on mouth and eyes. Comes with custom made wood and metal stand.
The graceful face is painted and the elaborate coiffure is topped with two birds. Birds on a Guro Mask represent spiritual power and can hold magic potions or medicines to protect human lives. The masks of the Guro tribe represent the spirit of Gu, the wife of Zamble a supernatural being. Gu is often depicted as elegant, graceful, serene and beautiful. Sacred Guro masks, delicately crafted and colorful are used and honored during sacrificial gatherings, funerals, and celebrations.
Acquired in 2018 from the estate of Jacques Gansler
Dimensions: Height 16 inches: Width 7.25 inches. Height with stand 20.5 inches