Topped with an openwork panel, this African mask of the I presents hair divided into three associated with wealth. The refinement of this type of mask, also currently appearing during festivities, reveals the talent of the African tribal art sculptors of Côte d'Ivoire.
The Yaouré are a sub-group of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, the influence of these ethnic groups can be felt in Yaouré art 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 which are difficult to differentiate, the je , sometimes with the addition of colored pigments, and the lo , generally with a dark patina, which occur during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order to win favors from the "Yu" spirits.
The masked dancers Yoouré, Yahouré, were not to be seen by women, it was also forbidden to photograph them.
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