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Yaure mask (N° 20882)

Topped by a hornbill with outstretched wings on which horns come to rest, this African mask of the je, or ye, is depicted abundantly ornamented. This example named Anoman,Lomane, (bird in Baule) is part of the fourth of the seven je masks that originally danced around the deceased and bent over until it touched him or her for a purifying purpose. It also currently appears during celebrations. Abraded polychrome patina. Crack on the back contour.
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 through the concern for detail and aesthetics in Yaoure art. The masks of African art Yaouré, or Yauré, of which the Baoulé 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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Originex-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Height cm46
Width24 cm
Weight1.35 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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