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Baoulé Moon Mask /Yohouré (N° 17136)
Appearing today during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask incorporates the set of masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, and the stage before the appearance of larger masks. This circular mask with a thin decorative border offers a serene face with a delicately engraved three-lobed headdress. The front, seat of intelligence and wisdom, is highlighted. The half-closed eyes reinforce the interiority of the expression. Smooth, satin, dark brown patina with residual inlays.br-The African art of the Baoulé, Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, features a wide range of masks renowned for their quality, finesse and symmetry. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main facial features of a very beautiful girl or a remarkable man, "masques-portraits", which were exhibited at particularly theatrical events where women played a large role, on the other the masks of conspiracy, and initiation, intervening in ceremonies that were forbidden to them. Sacred masks, they could put their lives at risk, or at most their fertility.
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