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Yaure Mask, Yahoure, Ivory Coast (N° 18939)
Dark glossy patina for this African mask carved by craftsmen of the Yohouré ethnic group. Zoomorphic figures, referring to the spirits of the bush, form the crest of this mask of the lo . The tripartite hair chiselled with decorative motifs is an indicator of wealth. The delicate modeling of the scarified face, the polished surface with brilliant reflections, reveal the talent of the sculptors of African tribal art of Ivory Coast.
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The Yaouré form a subgroup of the Akan tribe present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and Gouros, the Yaure art has been marked by the influence of these ethnic groups through their attention to detail and aesthetics. The masks of African art Yaoure , or Yauré , whose Baoulé or Baule have similar models, are divided into two groups difficult to differentiate, the je , with sometimes the addition of colored pigments, and the lo , generally with a dark patina, which intervene during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to reconcile the favors of the "Yu" spirits. Masked dancers Yooure, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, nor were they to be photographed.
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