Elephant Mask (Vi)

A work made of wood, kaolin, and pigment.

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  • A work made of wood, kaolin, and pigment.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Guro
Côte d’Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

This mask features the round ears, straight tusks, and short trunk of the African forest elephant. It was created for the sacred Gye masquerade and was performed for funerals, festivities commemorating the recently deceased, and other serious occasions.

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Artist

Guro

Title

Elephant Mask (Vi)

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood, kaolin, and pigment

Dimensions

H. 50.2 cm (19 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf

Reference Number

1971.883

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