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Yaure Lomane, Anoman mask (N° 20287)
Ex-French African art collection.
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A subgroup of the Akan people found in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the Yaoure produced sculptural art influenced by the neighboring Baule and Gouro ethnic groups. This African mask belonging to the I society is topped with a bird figure. Carefully carved tripartite hair highlights the thin face, and a collar of triangular patterns encircles the mask. Fine "ngole" scarification marks the temples. Brown shaded patina.
This example, which could be attributed to the Anoman group, Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven I masks that originally danced around the deceased and bent over until it touched him for purifying purposes. It also appears currently during celebrations.
The African art masks Yaouré , or Yauré , of which the Baoulé possess almost analogous 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 gain the favor of the "Yu" spirits. The masked dancers Yooure, Yahoure, were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxxème|
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