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Guro Visions of Africa (N° 19474)

Art lovers are familiar with the works of the different groups of people generally called "Guro" who live in the center of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Wan, Baoulé, Yaure and Bète, the Guro have maintained close contacts with their neighbors, and the reciprocal influences are manifested in their various artistic creations.
Masks have a special importance that goes far beyond the value attributed to them for their aesthetic qualities on the art market. These objects can even be considered emblematic, having so far allowed those who define themselves as Guro to claim this identity.
While French colonization greatly weakened the prestige of the men whose power resulted from their hunting and warfare activities, the pursuit of complex rituals involving the use of masks allowed men to retain a form of political and religious control. By diversifying the categories of masks between, on the one hand, those that receive blood sacrifices to honor spiritual entities, and on the other hand, those intended for entertainment at funerals, political demonstrations and tourist events, the Guros have reinvented, regalvanized and readapted rituals that are perfectly integrated into a contemporary society in perpetual change.

Author: Anne-Marie Bouttiaux
Editions: Five Continents
Color photographs
Status: NEW
Language: English
Number of pages: 145
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
Paperback
ISBN : 978-8874397327
 

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OriginNEUF
Weight0.57 Kg

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