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Yohoure mask (N° 22905)
Classic and composite masks from Ivory Coast.
The delicacy of the features of a naturalist-type face is here underlined by a border, which is engraved with diamond patterns. Narrow zoomorphic ears allied to the horns at the top compose a graceful hybrid mask.
Locally lighter satin black patina.
Organized into lineages, the Gouros are the western neighbors of the Baoulé and the Yauré. Their respective sculptures, by their morphology, bear witness to their close relationship. Priest and diviner share the predominant ritual functions among the Guro. Secret associations worship the geniuses of nature, through the masks in which the spirits are supposed to reside. Their protective spirits called zuzu were worshiped through statues placed on altars. The gu, gye and dye masks, in the hands of notables, are only exhibited during major funerals or the enthronement of a chief (Kerchache)
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