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Rough Guro antelope mask

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast

Q:  What do you think of this hand carved work of African primitive art? Its modeled to depict a horned face with cut out openings at the eyes and has a warm patina. It is hardwood,18 inches tall, slightly cracked and chipped.   756

A:  I think it is African, perhaps an antelope mask from the Guro people of Ivory Coast. I’ve never seen one designed quite like this or as roughly made from the area. The nose and eyes don’t seem right. Of course, it could come from any of the shops that make masks for tourists in different places around the continent. Either way, it has a strong presence and I like it.

Categories:   Africa

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