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Mask with three birds

This mask, which belongs to the Guro of Côte d'Ivoire, is one of three masks associated with high-ranking families. The masks are manifestations of forest spirits named Zamble, Gu, and Zauli. This mask is a representation of Gu, the wife of Zamble. Worn by a male dancer, Gu dances are calm and...

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Provenance

Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Cote d'Ivoire, Guro peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire

Dimensions

Overall: 33 x 16.5 x 9 cm (13 x 6 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2582

Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks