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Yaure Portrait Mask Curved Coiffure Cote d'Ivoire African Art Custom Stand

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Title Yaure Portrait Mask Curved Coiffure Cote d'Ivoire African Art Custom Stand
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Yaure/Guro
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 13.5 Inches
Width: 9.5 Inches
Depth: 7 Inches
Overall Condition Fair.  Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Broken decorations, cracks, chips, and wear

Additional Information:  A beautifully carved Yaure mask with two horns.  This mask is to be placed among the Yaure people of the Ivory Coast who are close neighbors of the Guro. Both groups share social practices and some stylistic elements in their masks and carvings. In fact the mask could come from the northern Guro where heavily abstracted masks representing females are danced or be simply an amalgamation of style elements from both Guro and Yaure and the better-known Baule. It is interesting to see that the mask has been repainted numerous times indicating its age and long use and by doing so further blurs traditional stylistic identifiers associated with these two peoples of Cote d’ivoire. But among the Yaure the darkly painted mask is used primarily for the Lo ceremony and at times may dance in the Je ritual celebration that cleanses the village after the death of an individual. Yaure masks can also represent ‘Yu’ a spiritual power. The standing female figure is finely carved and shown wearing double ivory bracelets on each wrist and at one time was covered in a white pigment or white clay the residue of which is still seen in crevices of the figure.