REGION: Africa
COUNTRY: Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
VALUE: 85 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 an elephant mask from the Guro ethnic group.  Such masks are principally used for village entertainment purposes rather than sacred rituals.