This unique mask is part of the African Guro Mask collection, originating in Ivory Coast. The Guro tribe are known to be very spiritual people and so their masks represent a spiritual way of life that often connects animal and human traits. These masks were used in a ceremonial way, often as a way to honor ancestors.
Paired with traditional ritual and dance, the masks represents the past, cultures, and lineages of the Guro people. This mask is petite and narrow, perhaps made for a female to wear during a wedding or ceremony. A striking bird figure is carved at the top, a common feature to the Guro collection.