Plan number 28
A well-known dealer in the field, Yann Ferrandin selects the objects he represents with rigor, expertise, and an appreciation for the exceptional. He works primarily with a private clientele. His ongoing policy of lending works to important exhibitions has also led to his being recognized by major museums, the collections of which he regularly enriches.
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Gou type ritual mask, Gouro culture
Area: Republic of Ivory Coast
Period: 19th century
Technic: Sculpted wood, pigments
Dimension: 40 x 15 x 16 cm
Origin: Charles Ratton; André Lhote collection; private collection; Alain de Monbrison, Paris; Galerie Valluet-Ferrandin, Paris, 2002; German private collection
Publication: Arts anciens de Côte-d'Ivoire et régions limitrophes, Valluet-Ferrandin, 2002
Exhibit: Arts anciens de Côte-d'Ivoire et régions limitrophes, Valluet-Ferrandin, nov-dec 2002
Copyright: Hughes Dubois, Paris-Bruxelles
This mask represents "Gou", the beautiful wife of "Zamblé". The essence of wood used, the pronounced forehead, the dynamism of the profile - concave for forehead and then convex from the base of the nose to the fleeing chin, the absence of scarifications... A lot of elements indicate an ancient figure of the southern region of the country Gouro. Two other ancient masks probably carved by the same master-sculptor are known: the mask from the old collection of the modern painter Rosenberg, acquired in the first third of the twentieth century in Paris, and a mask reproduced in 'Sculptures d’Afrique, d’Amérique et d’Océanie', May 7th, 1931, lot 12.