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Yaure,Yohoure mask from Ivory Coast (N° 21569)
Carved by artisans of the Yohoure ethnic group, this sophisticated mask offers a glossy dark patina. Superimposed figures of birds, associated with bush spirits, form the crest of this lo mask. These animal motifs would refer to the pike-heron, with its anti-parasitic role. The tripartite headdress chiseled with decorative motifs is an indicator of wealth.
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The Yaoure form a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and the Gouros, the Yaoure art was marked by the influence of these ethnic groups through the attention to detail and aesthetics. African art masks Yaouré , or Yauré , of which the Baoulé or Baule 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 , usually with a dark patina, which are used during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to curry favor with the "Yu" spirits. Masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.
Litt. The bird in the art of West Africa" F. Ndiaye and G. Massa.
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