Global Art & Artifacts

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Dan Peoples Wooden Mask. Zakpai. Runner. Northern Dan. Cote D’ivoire. Africa

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  I love this mask . . . primitive yet so very elegant!   A typical “male” Dan mask (round eye holes) known as the “fire runner” or “zakpai”. They were worn by young men who ran through the villages of the northern Dan tribes dressed in full… Continue reading

Stunning Guro Horned Mask. Bird Motifs. Wood. Cote d’Ivoire. Africa

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    The Guro of Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) have handmade colorful masks for generations. These masks are similar to the Baule….. but the similarity ends there.   The Guro (Kweni) are ancient hunters (more recently farmers) in the valley regions of the Bandama River.   The daily life… Continue reading

Large & Rare Guere / Gere Spider Mask. Stand. Cote D’Ivoire. Africa

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    Living on the northwestern edge of the Ivory Coast (near the border of Burkina Faso) are the Guere. Their neighbors are the Wobe and – although separate tribes – they are often referred as the We (translated as “men who easily forgive”). According to Jean-Baptiste Bacquart’s… Continue reading
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