Facial Mask - Baule / Yaoure - Ivory Coast - SOLD

Made from blackened wood, which is very hard but lends itself to subtle modelling effects, the face of the figure is a testament to the virtuosity of the Yaure artists of the past. The refined features bloom into an oval, girded with a collar that magnifies the face in a well-balanced interplay of curves and counter-curves. The semicircles of the eyebrow arches draw a parallel to the three crescent shapes of the braided hair atop the curved forehead, then taper down the nasal ridge to the finely chiselled mouth - rounded, according to the sculptors, because the character is whistling as a show of assurance and placidity. According to villagers when questioned, is that he is an incarnation of the supremacy of the Social order over the occult powers, an attempt to seize the bush where the gods reside. The lively, unpredictable antelope, a symbol of the wild, is signified in the ringed horns and thus opposes the tranquillity of the domestic universe suggested by the face,Origin : private French collection V. BriardDating : 1960'sSize : 53 x 27 cm Material : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Yohouré / Yaouré / Yaure
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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