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Yaoure, Yohoure mask (N° 19511)
Topped with a crescent motif, this African mask from the lo presents a face with regular features that is outlined by a crenellated border. The refinement of this type of mask appearing today during celebrations reveals the talent of the sculptors of African tribal art in Côte d'Ivoire.
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The Yaoure are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and the Gouros, one feels the influence of these ethnic groups in the art of Yaoure through the attention to detail and aesthetics.
The masks of African art Yaouré , or Yauré , of which the 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 conciliate the favors of the spirits "Yu".
Yooure, Yahoure masked dancers were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.
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