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Yaouré Mask (N° 11858)
Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
Subs a matted headdress arranged in triple shells, the refined model of the head of this African mask is reminiscent of the Gouro sculpture. Insertions of gold metal pellets lift the appearance which ends in a small protruding mouth. The bottom half of the mask is accompanied by a border engraved with triangular patterns. Local residues of ochre pigments. Satin brown patina. The masks of African art Yaouré are divided into two groups difficult to differentiate, the je , with sometimes the addition of colored pigments, and the lo, usually with a dark patina, who intervene during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to reconcile the favors of the gods. The masked dancers Yaouré, Yohouré, were not to be seen women on pain of infertility, it was also forbidden to photograph them.