Red Secret Society

Red Secret Society "JE" mask from the GURO with Turtle on top - Ivory Coast

Regular price €450.00 Sale

Red Secret Society "JE" mask from the GURO with Turtle on top - Ivory Coast

The daily life of the Guro is dominated by secret societies and by a belief in protective spirits, to whom the Guro used to build shrines and create figures. The most significant in this respect is the "Je" society, which is responsible for social, political, and juridical questions, decisions of peace and war, policing tasks, and the detection of destructive forces, as well as appearing at funerals of its members. This male society uses a variety of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic masks, some fitted with staff-like superstructures, all ostensibly fatal for women to view. Village life is regulated by a council of elders, representing each main family, and by secret societies.
  • Height 33 cm.
  • From around 1950
  • Very nice condition
  • From an American collector Probably bought in 1992 (see old labels) Source Zyama : http://www.zyama.com/guro/