Guro Zamble, Zaule, Je ..or just tourist art?
- I've just come back from a trip part exploring / part collecting in Burkina Faso and there were a couple of masks acquired intrigued me so I thought others might be interested.
This Guro piece was picked up in the south close to the border from a trader that made regular hops across into the Ivory Coast.
Its not "antique" or particularly old I'd say maybe 20 years .maybe a bit older
The carving, balance and aesthetic were particularly strong (for me anyway)
At first I thought northern Guro Zamble. The anomalies being the cast of the eyes (being more central Guro Je style - Zeiwe) and the lack of paint (although it does look as though black and white pigments have been present and scraped off .perhaps in an attempt to make it look "older")
Then I thought maybe Zamble Ple Ple a variant of the Zamble - "strong strong" Zamble as a shorter horned mask that embodies Zaule normally represented by a horned mask with distended cheeks.
Then I thought maybe it's a goat from a Je masquerade that has similarities to a Zamble
Or maybe I'm just fantasizing and you think its tourist art?