Guro Handpainted Double Hornbill Headdress

$270.00

Beautifully handcrafted Guro mask originating from the Ivory Coast, West Africa. The Guro daily life is dominated by secret societies and protective spirits. Guru masks represent supernatural beings, and are depicted as graceful, serene and beautiful. Each mask is similar but unique, with a combination of human and animal traits that are believed to have spiritual powers to preserve the village's way of life. The horns represent the antelope, beloved for its grace and speed. The hornbill are revered for protection, stability and fertility.

These masks were used during traditional ceremonies such as funerals, animal sacrifices and weddings. Today the Guro honor their ancestors with traditional dance using masks that represents their loyalty to the past. These rituals are a way to pass on tribal history, customs and philosophical beliefs.

This deep colored mask is 19 inches long, 7.25 inches wide, and 4.5 inches deep. It is striking and attractive.



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