Fine Large Guro Mask – Zaouli Dance – Côte d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast

Fine Large Guro Mask – Zaouli Dance – Côte d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast

289,95

Carved wood, pigment. Cm. 53,0 high x cm. 22,0 width (20.87″ x 8.66″).

The mask has been professionally restored in the upper part. The mask is solid and there are no visible traces of the restoration.

Zaouli is a traditional dance of the Guro people of central Ivory Coast. The Zaouli mask, used in the dance, was created in the 1950s, reportedly inspired by a girl named “Djela Lou Zaouli” (meaning “Zaouli, daughter of Djela”).

Each Guro village has a local Zaouli dancer (always male), performing during funerals and celebrations. The dance is believed to increase the productivity of a village that it is performed in, and is seen as tool of unity for the Guro community, and by extension the whole country.

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Weight 2050 g