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GURO. Anne-Marie Bouttiaux. 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2016. Visions of Africa. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Abrams, New York. 152 pp. with 84 ills. (60 col.) and 60 reference ills. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9788874397327 In English.
Publisher's description: This is the first book on the Guro, who live in the Ivory Coast in close contact with the neighboring Wan, Baule, Yaure, and Bete. For the Guro, the importance of masks goes well beyond aesthetics; they can be considered emblematic, allowing those who wear them to lay claim to their identity as Guro. Despite the effects of French colonization on the Ivory Coast, weakening the prestige of men whose power once resulted from hunting and war activities, the continuation of complex rituals utilizing masks allows these same men to preserve a form of political and religious control. By separating the categories of masks between those created for blood sacrifices to honor spiritual entities and those made for performances at funerals, political demonstrations, and even tourist events, the Guro have reinvented, galvanized, and readapted perfectly integrated rituals to a contemporary society in constant change.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Africa — Ivory Coast — Sculpture
Plans: 70,54
Worldwide Number: 172826
Flexible hardcover $39.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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