Lot: 248

Face mask "bla" (ram) or "tu bodu" (bush cow)

Côte d'Ivoire, Yaure

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Drissa Diane, New York, USA
Mark Eglinton, New York, USA
H: 14.8 inch 7000 EUR / 14000 EUR

wood, colour pigments, base Most Yaure masks show a human face combined with animal attributes. They belong to either the "je" or the "lo" masks, two mask groups which are difficult to differentiate. They are used to influence supernatural forces "yu" which cause harm to humans but also ensure their well-being. As emblems of the "yu", the masks are considered particularly dangerous and the sight of them is therefore strictly forbidden to women. Especially a death that breaks up the social order requires the appearance of the masks. Through their dance they restore the disturbed social balance and accompany the dead into the world of the ancestors.


Hahner-Herzog, Iris, Das Zweite Gesicht, Genf, München, New York 1997, ill. 38