African art: Zaouly ( Zaouli) mask

Zaouly mask is a symbol of the Gouro community in Ivory Coast.

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It is said that Djela Lou Zaouly was a goddess for the Gouro people. The Gouro word “ Djela Lou Zaouly” means “ The lion’s daughter”.Zaouly is a goddess for beauty.

 

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Zaouly masks have always bright colours . They can be used for ceremonies and also in funerals. They are always associated with a special stylish dance . You can see the dance if you visit the following links:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve_O9L4RS0I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M5GVwXb2XY

 

 

 

 

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~ by myafrikart on November 23, 2008.

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