Fantastic African Guro Mask with A Crane from Guru, Kweni on the Ivory Coast. This hand carved mask painted with red /green ... etc pigments
It measures approximately 22.5" high by 9" w by 6.5" d
and has great patina.
It features 1 crane on the top / headdress. It has a rim around the inside and holes where string or straps could be attached to hold the mask on to the wearer. The Crane is generally thought to be a symbol of love and happiness. The Crane is believed to be a symbol of fidelity as it usually mates for Birds are free to roam to earth and the sky. Many cultures believe that they are a symbol of eternal life; the link between heaven and earth. Some parts of Africa see the Crane as a symbol that is associated with wisdom. Ritual and ceremonial masks are an essential feature of the traditional culture of the peoples of Sub-saharan Africa.