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Yaure mask, Yohoure, Ivory Coast (N° 21321)

Topped with a sculpted figure, this African yaoure mask sports a hairstyle incised with geometric patterns, divided into three, indicating material ease. The regular features are raised from the traditional scarifications. This mask from the Ivory Coast also appears during celebrations. Satin patina, locally abraded. Height on base: 53 cm.
The Yaoure are a sub-group of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and the Gouros, one feels the influence of these ethnic groups in the Yaoure art through the concern for detail and aesthetics. The masks of African art Yaouré, or Yauré, of which the Baoulé have similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the je, sometimes with the addition of colored pigments, and the lo, generally with a dark patina, which are used during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to conciliate the favors of the spirits "Yu". Yooure, Yahoure masked dancers were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.  

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OriginEx. collection belge
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Weight2.50 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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