African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Yaure mask
Topped by a hornbill with outstretched wings on which horns come to rest, this African mask of the je, or ye, is depicted abundantly ornamented. This example named Anoman,Lomane, (bird in Baule) is part of the fourth of the seven je masks that originally danced around the deceased and bent over until it touched him or her for a purifying purpose. It also currently appears during celebrations. Abraded polychrome patina.
Crack on the back contour.
The Yaoure are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and the Gouros, one feels the influence of these ethnic groups through the concern for detail and aesthetics in Yaoure art.
The masks of African art Yaouré, or Yauré, of which the Baoulé have similar models, are ...