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Yaure Mask with Face on Top Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Yaure Mask with Face on Top Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Portrait Mask
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast
People Baule
Materials wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 16
Width (in) 8.5
Depth (in) 8.5
Dimensions Height: 16 Inches
Width: 8.5 Inches
Depth: 8.5 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 some stains and minor chips. shallow cracks in surface, repaired crack in back of top head

Additional Information: The Yaure are a smallish Akan culture, closely related to the Baule and Guro. Their masks, like the one offered here, are similar in style to those of both groups, but usually have a few defining elements to aid in their identification. The most common are the serrated edges surrounding the lower border of the face. The Yaure used two types of masks, those that were black and those that were brightly painted. The darker ones were used in funeral processions, and are highly-prized by collectors for their stark beauty. Known as "lo" masks, their purpose was to appease supernatural powers known as "yu." The "yu," though vital for life, could also destroy, so veneration was important to ease the understandable social and spiritual tension present after the death of an elder. Masks could not be seen by women, and were treated with caution even by the men who danced them. The ritual significance of masks in the Ivory Coast has been diminished by Western influence and civil unrest, but are still used for special occasions.

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