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Masque facial Yohoure Lomane (N° 15121)
A group of three bird heads stands on long necks at the top of this African mask of the I. Finely worked hair, divided into three, is an indicator of wealth. The subtle shape of the face, the brilliant lacquered patina, reveal the talent of the sculptors of African tribal art of Côte d'Ivoire. This copy named Anoman , Lomane , (baoulé bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I who originally danced around the deceased and leaned to touch him for a purifying purpose. It also appears at present during rejoicing. The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, one can feel in the art yaouré the influence of these ethnic groups through the attention to detail and aesthetics. The african art masks Yaouré, or Yauré , whose Baoulé have similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the I , sometimes with the addition of coloured pigments, and the lo , usually with dark patina, which intervene during funeral ceremonies or other rite in order to reconcile the favors of the spirits "Yu". The masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.
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