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Yohoure/Baoulé Twin Mask (N° 19143)
Brown patina with mahogany reflections for this African mask carved by craftsmen of the Yohouré ethnic group. Formed of similar faces under the braided headdresses, this mask of the lo offers a hair chiselled with decorative patterns that is an indicator of wealth. The modeling of the brass inlaid face, the polished surface with shiny reflections, reveal the talent of the sculptors of African tribal art from Ivory Coast.
The Yaouré form a subgroup of the Akan tribe present in Ivory Coast and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and Gouros, the Yaure art has been marked by the influence of these ethnic groups through their attention to detail and aesthetics. The masks of African art Yaoure , or Yauré , whose Baoulé or Baule have similar models, are divided into two groups difficult to differentiate, the je , with sometimes the addition of colored pigments, and the lo , generally with a dark patina, which intervene during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to reconcile the favors of the "Yu" spirits. Masked dancers Yooure, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, nor were they to be photographed.
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