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11. Yaure mask, Cote d’Ivoire, wood and pigments, 19" (48 cm)
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11. Yaure mask, Cote d’Ivoire, wood and pigments, 19" (48 cm)
  Called “anoman”, or bird, this was a form of Je or Lo mask. These two mask forms were generally recognized by color- the Je masks being more colorful, the Lo masks being painted black, though this varied from village to village. Silent partners from a secret society chose the motif on the top of the mask. These masks were used for funerary purposes only. Women were not allowed any contact with or even to see these masks as, due to their funerary associations, they could disrupt fertility or even cause death in the women who saw them.

Collection of Charlie and Blanche Derby

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