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Yohoure Kokole Dja Kwain Mask (N° 14860)
Surmounted by an open panel and four tubular elements evoking the masculine, this African yohouré mask is enhanced with copper slats and tapestry nails. White pigments contrast with the dark patina. As is often the case with yohours, a frieze of triangular motifs underlines the elegant patterned face. The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, one can feel in the art yaouré the influence of these ethnic groups through the attention to detail and aesthetics. The african art masks Yaouré, or Yauré , are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the I , sometimes with the addition of coloured pigments, and the lo , usually with dark patina, which intervene during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to reconcile the favors of the spirits.
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The masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, nor was it forbidden to photograph them.
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