This wood mask is a one of a kind mask, hand carved by the artists of West Africa.
This is a Yohure mask. The Yohure people live in Ivory Coast and believed masks such as this are emblems of the yu spirits. This mask was considered dangerous and handled with caution.
The distinguishing Yohure art features of this mask include the supplemental animal horns, the coiffure done in three parts with wavy hairline, the protruding mouth, eyebrows extending to the sides of the eyes and joining the nose and the slit semi-circular eyes.
This mask was used in the je and lo ceremonies but its functions were not fixed. It was believed that such masks as this are capable of inflicting harm as well as protection. It was worn at the funerals of people whose death could jeopardize the social order and its appearance was believed to return the equilibrium of the community. Even though it represents a female, because of its use in funerals and communication with deadly spirits, women were discouraged from looking at it as it was believed to make them barren.
Height: 25 inches
Width: 14 inches
Depth: 5 inches
Weight: 5 pounds
Origin: Yohure Tribe - Ivory Coast, Africa
Hanging Instructions: Two holes are pre carved into the top portion of the back of the mask. String is tied through the holes for immediate hanging.
Care: Dust the piece as needed.
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