Masque Gouro - Côte d'ivoire
This mask is called "Dje" in vernacular language. It depicts the long-horned antelope. This mask appeared at the beginning of the festivities, accompanied by other antelopes. The dancers were then adorned with costumes of fibers and evolved during visually impressive celebrations.
This mask distinguishes itself by the elegance and amplitude of the horns of the figured antelope. The naive face has stretched eyes characteristic of this ethnic group. The ritual pigments still present create a geometrical pattern. The top of the horns as well as the ears are painted in white.
This mask, emblematic of the Gouro art, shows the attachment of this ethnic group to produce objects where the irreproachable plastic serves the ritual efficiency. This mask is of the greatest refinement.