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Yaure mask (N° 23284)
Topped with an animal scene, this African mask from Côte d'Ivoire features many meticulous details revealing the talent of Yaure African tribal art sculptors.
This mask is probably one of the Anoman,Lomane, (bird in Baoulé), fourth of the seven I masks that originally danced around the deceased and bent down to touch him for purifying purposes. He also currently appears during rejoicings.
The Yaouré are a sub-group of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, the influence of these ethnic groups can be felt in Yaouré art through attention to detail and aesthetics.
The masks of African art Yaouré , or Yauré , of which the Baoulé have similar models, are divided into two groups which are difficult to differentiate, the je , sometimes with the addition of colored pigments, and the lo , generally with a dark patina, which occur during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to win favors from the "Yu" spirits.
The masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.
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