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Living among the Baule and Yaure west, the Malinke north and south wé and Bete. The Guro live in an area covered by savannah and forest. They migrated from the north during the XVI and is now number two hundred thousand, they were called but when Kweni were colonized between 1906 and 1912 the French invaders, gave them the name of Guro. Guro villages consist of round houses in the north and rectangular in the south. Each village is governed by a council of elders, representing each family, and secret societies. The Guru mainly grow cotton, rice, coffee and cocoa, men and women involved clearing plantations.

The Guro Art is an art and elegant masks consists mainly of elongated figures with a concave profile and almond eyes.


Different types of masks can be noticed. In the western part of the country Guro masks have a pointed chin, a protruding mouth, almond-shaped eyes bulging and a high forehead sometimes decorated with scarification. They have an apotropaic function but are also worn by executioners during executions.

The southern style is influenced by that of the neighboring tribe, the Bete. Their masks are identifiable, thanks to their more naturalistic features, their scars on his forehead, triangular noses and eyes surrounded by incised scarification, they are sometimes called masks Guro-Bete

Another type of mask found in this region, has a bulging forehead, a snub nose and almond eyes and a pointed chin.

Gye masks, representing a human face or head of an elephant or antelope are worn at funerals of notable, significant and can be watched by men.

In the northern part of the country Guro, four major types of masks can be distinguished.

Gye mask representing the head of an antelope, stylish worn during festivals, commemorative. The other three types of masks appear during the holidays and are the property of the family designated by the council of elders. The mask was also Zamblé as an antelope head, Gu mask resembles a woman's face with scarification, front and an elaborate headdress with amulets, and finally the mask Zauli shaped head with antelope tubular eyes has a pair of horns and a beak-shaped mouth.


Guro artists have carved statuettes whose size varies between 20 and 80cm, they appear at parties worn on the head of a dancer, which are carefully kept in homes and used for divination, they represent standing figures, hands on hips, long neck supporting a head has the same characteristic features as masks.

According to tribal art from Africa Black, JB Bacquart


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