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Lomane Yaure mask (N° 17886)

Plastic perfection of the African art Yohouré
A bird figure stands between the horns of this African Yohoure mask. A collar chiseled with geometric motifs surrounds three quarters of the face. Satin patina.

The Yaoure are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and the Gouros, the influence of these ethnic groups can be felt in Yaoure art through the attention to detail and aesthetics. The masks of early art Yaouré , or Yauré , 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".
This specimen named Anoman ,Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I which originally danced around the deceased and bent down until it touched him in a purifying purpose.It also currently appears during celebrations.
These masks were struck with prohibition, insofar as the masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, should not be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Weight1.15 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxxème
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