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Mask Yaure, Yohoure, Ivory Coast (N° 19864)
Harmonious symmetry for this African tribal mask from the Yaure of the Ivory Coast. It is surmounted by stylized elements representing a hairstyle, an assembly of braided hair on a frame. Black patina, residues encrusted with kaolin.
The Yaoure form a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and the Gouros, the Yaoure art was marked by the influence of these ethnic groups through the attention to detail and aesthetics. African art masks Yaouré, or Yauré, of which the Baoulé or Baule 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 curry favor with the "Yu" spirits. Yooure, Yahoure masked dancers were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.
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