Masque Yahoure - Côte d'ivoire
This great classic of the Yaure art remarkably unites a bird to a face whose features exalt the ideal of Yaure beauty.
If Yaure art regularly combines animal figures with human faces, it is rare to observe birds overcoming masks. This symbolic links the mask to the association of "Lo" that interferes during rites of passage. The detailed features of the face, of the serrated edge or of the finely chiselled headdress show the commitment of the sculptor to magnify an object of great ritual importance.
This mask still shows ritual pigments. Its mouth and eyes show a red monochromy. The bird also retains its red pigments, while the rest of the mask has this characteristic dark patina that enhances the expression of this object of great refinement.