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Male Face Mask (Zauli)

A work made of wood, pigment, and metal tacks.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, and metal tacks.

Date:

20th century

Artist:

Guro
Côte d’Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Forming a dance trio with masks known as gu and zamble (also on display in this case), zauli—or, “the Ugly”—is sometimes identified as zamble’s elder brother or father, and functions as his handsome counterpart. Zauli is everything that zamble is not: dirty, disorderly, brusque, rude, greedy, and somewhat funny. The mask is both admired and feared for its sudden mood swings and supernatural power. Even though Guro masks are now held primarily for entertainment, they were originally developed to divert evil.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Guro

Title

Male Face Mask (Zauli)

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Wood, pigment, and metal tacks

Dimensions

63 × 17.5 cm (24 3/4 × 6 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Davidson

Reference Number

1976.21

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