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Yaure, Yohoure mask (N° 21689)
Reflecting the refinement of traditional sculpture in Côte d'Ivoire, this mask of modest size, offering harmonious features and topped with a stylized motif, bears a crenellated beard decorated with diamond-shaped engravings.
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Brown satin patina, kaolin residue.
The Yaoure form a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and Gouros, the art of the Yaoure has been influenced by these neighboring ethnic groups, and vice versa.
The masks of African art 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 conciliate the favors of the "Yu" spirits. Yooure, Yahoure masked dancers were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them
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