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Yohoure Mask, Yaure, Ivory Coast (N° 18785)
Surmounted by an animal scene probably representing hornbills, this African mask of the je is represented wearing a hairstyle divided into three evoking wealth. The quality of the modeling, the balance of the volumes, the dark glossy patina, reveal the elegance of the African tribal art of Ivory Coast.
This specimen named Anoman, Lomane, (bird in baoulé) is part of the fourth of the seven masks je which originally danced around the deceased and bent down to touch him for a purifying purpose. It also appears nowadays during revelry.
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The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and Gouros, one can feel the influence of these ethnic groups in yoghurt art through their attention to detail and aesthetics.
The African art masks Yaoure, or Yauré, of which the Baoule have similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the je, with sometimes the addition of colored pigments, and the lo, generally with a dark patina, which are used during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to reconcile the favors of the "Yu" spirits.
Masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, and photography was forbidden.
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