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Guro Masks and Tribal Art

African Masks and tribal art of the Guro tribe (Guru, Kweni) of the Ivory Coast


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The Guro tribe (also called Guru or Kweni) of the Ivory Coast, are among the most prolific of African artists. 1906 marked a turning point in Guro civilization. Up to that point they had been protected from colonization by the dense forests which inhibited European encroachment. But in 1906 the French began to overcome these obstacles. The Guro reacted by becoming more nomadic. Living off the land and staying on the move, the Guro were able to evade complete domination briefly; but ultimately in 1912 they were colonized by the French. Since that time the Guro have turned to subsistence farming. Guro villages are not lead by a chief. A distinguished village elder may be designated to mediate disputes and serve as liaison to neighboring tribes; but that elder will lack the authoritarian powers of a true chief.


Guro Mask 20
African Masks - Guro Mask 20 

Guro Mask 44
African Masks - Guro Mask 44 


Guro Mask 49
African Masks - Guro Mask 49 

Guro Mask 48
African Masks - Guro Mask 48 


Guro Mask 13
African Masks - Guro Mask 13 

Guro Mask 36
African Masks - Guro Mask 36 

Guro Mask 27
African Masks - Guro Mask 27 




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