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Yohoure Lomane Mask (N° 17007)
Three identical birds are grouped in stage on this African mask of the je. A finely worked hair, divided into three, is an indicator of wealth. The delicate pattern of the face highlighted by a brilliant dark patina illustrates the mastery of African tribal artists from Côte d'Ivoire. This copy, named Anoman , Lomane , (bird in baoulé) is part of the fourth of the seven masks je which originally danced around the deceased and leaned to the touch for a purifying purpose. He also appears at the moment in the course of rejoicing. The Yaouré a subgroup of the Akan People present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, we feel in yaouré art the influence of these ethnic groups 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 that are difficult to differentiate, the je , sometimes with the addition of coloured pigments, and the lo, usually with a dark patina, who intervene during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to reconcile the favors of the spirits U-022Yu". The masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, were not to be seen women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.
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