Mask - Wood - Yaure - Ivory Coast

Mask - Wood - Yaure - Ivory Coast
2nd half 20th century - Excellent

Yaure Mask
The Yowlè (or Yaure, Yaourè, Yohouré) are an ethnic group from Ivory Coast who belongs to the group of the southern Mande, close to the Guro by their language. Their displacement in the centre-west of Ivory Coast was driven by the search of gold and fertile land.
This people mainly lives in the centre of the country, between the white Bandama and the red Bandama. We can find them on the Yamoussoukro Bouaflé road axis along the entire mountain range of the “Yaure”.
Their number, currently estimated by ethnologists and anthropologists between 20,000 and 40,000 souls, is due to the combats which took place against the French colonial invasion. According to the oral interview with M. Tizié Inzan of the village of Tuyan (Tuankro), the first time the Yowlè killed a white man was by fear, since it was the first time they saw a human being of another colour.

Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Ivory Coast
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
12×26×22 cm
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