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Creator Nationality: Africa, Ivory Coast, Guro, southern area, 20th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Ivory Coast, Guro, southern area, 20th century
Title: Elephant Mask (vi)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1930
Creation End Date: 1939
Creation Date: c. 1930s
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 31.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1971.296
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Provenance: Harry Franklin, Los Angeles (1965)
Style or Period: Africa, Ivory Coast, Guro, southern area, 20th century
Context: Guro concepts of beauty are clearly evident in this vi mask: bulging forehead and slit eyes; smooth and textured surfaces; serrated borders that separate parts; and sensitive transitions in convex and concave contours. The mask is part of the Dye ensemble, a group of about a dozen animal masks regarded as powerful spiritual beings that perform only for special occasions, such as the funeral of an honored family member.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1971.296
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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