Guro Handpainted Hornbill and Ram Head Mask

$285.00

The Guro tribe are considered the most productive of African artists. They are known for having the most colorful masks in Africa, with refined features and tattoo patterns that are replicas of the markings on men's faces. Animal features are common as are structural headdresses that portray animal imagery.

This mask has a hornbill totem that is added to heighten the mask's perceived potency. The Guro are mostly farmers and they embrace symbolism that is tied to the land and agrarian practices. The hornbill superstructure is considered a symbol of virility and fertility. The gracefully curled ram horns represent spiritual power. Together this mask represents much dynamic potency. There is also a stylized elephant trunk curling under the chin.

This handpainted all wooden mask is 17.5 inches long, 8 inches at its widest, and is 6 inches deep. Its rich colors are a muted reddish brown, tan, and patina green. It is considered in good condition, with beautiful appeal. It is probably around 30 years old.



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