Secret Society

Secret Society "JE" Snake and Bird mask from the GURO - Ivory Coast

Regular price €350.00 Sale

Secret Society "JE" Snake and Bird mask from the GURO - 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 38 cm.
  • Around 1950.
  • Very nice condition.
  • Snakehead has been glued
  • From an American Collector
  • Probably bought in 1992 (see old labels).  
  • Source Zyama : http://www.zyama.com/pende/