COUNTRY: Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
YEAR PRINTED: 1960
VALUE: 50 West African CFA francs
This stamp is one of a set of nine celebrating the traditional masks of the Côte d’Ivoire, issued in the year of its independence from French colonization. This specific stamp represents a zamble mask of the Guro ethnic group. The zamble is a mythical beast that combines various regional animals, including an antelope, leopard, and crocodile. The sacred dance that revolves around the zamble and his wife and brother, who bring blessings on the dance sponsors.