Male Face Mask (Zamble)

A work made of wood and pigment.

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Possibly early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Guro
Côte d'Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Representing a capricious and fearsome nature spirit, zamble is the name of a mask type that combines animal and human features, including antelope horns and the jaw of a dog or crocodile. In times past, zamble primarily appeared on the occasion of a man’s second funeral, which would be organized months or years after the actual burial to commemorate the accomplishments of the deceased. Performances took the form of competitions between mask dancersfrom two different families.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Guro

Title

Male Face Mask (Zamble)

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

H. 46 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Florene May Schoenborn

Reference Number

2017.107

Extended information about this artwork

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