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Mask with three birds

20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire


Overall: 33 x 16.5 x 9 cm (13 x 6 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



This mask, which belongs to the Guro of Côte d’Ivoire, is one of three masks associated with high-ranking families. The masks are manifestations of forest spirits named Zamble, Gu, and Zauli. This mask is a representation of Gu, the wife of Zamble. Worn by a male dancer, Gu dances are calm and graceful and the mask is accompanied by an antelope hide worn on the back and rattles attached to the dancer’s feet. The cephalic protrusions may represent antelope horns or an elaborate coiffe.


Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart