Topped with animal subjects, this African mask of I offers decorative diamond patterns. The African sculpture of the Baule is manifested through a great concern for precision and careful finishing.
This example named Anoman,Lomane, (bird in Baoulé) is part of the fourth of the seven masks je which originally danced around the deceased and leaned down to touch him for a purifying purpose. He also currently appears during celebrations.
Satin black patina, kaolin residue, desiccation crack.
The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Ivory Coast and Ghana.
The Yaouré, or Yauré African art masks, of which the Baoulé have similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the I , with sometimes the addition of colored pigments, and the lo, generally with a dark patina, which take place during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to win the favor of the "Yu" spirits.
The Yoouré, Yahouré masked dancers were not to be seen by women, and it was also forbidden to photograph them.
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