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Baoulé/Yohouré Moon Mask (N° 16486)
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 " warm-up " the scene before the appearance of larger masks. This circular mask with a chiseled border offers a face with mats in three lobes that can be seen on many baoulé and yohouré masks. The high forehead, the seat of intelligence and wisdom, has a median scarification in relief. The half-closed eyes reinforce the interiority of the expression.
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Light is missing on the lower inner contour. The particularly smooth and sainy surface reflects a range of warm browns.
The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, has 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 hand masks of conjuring, and initiation, intervening during ceremonies that were forbidden to them. Sacred masks, they could endanger their lives, or at most their fertility.
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