Lot: 235

88th Tribal Art Auction

Anthropomorphic "tu bodu" mask from the "lo" group

Côte d'Ivoire, Yaure

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Emil Storrer, Zurich, Switzerland (1960) H: 14 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, polychrome paint, min. dam., fine cracks, paint rubbed off in parts. The most well-known masks of the Yaure depict a human face with animalic endorsement. They belong to the "je" or "lo" masks, which could take influence on the supernatural forces called "ju", who are either able to cause harm to the people or secure their well-being. Especially a case of death requests the performance of the "tu bodu" masks in order to reestablish the social balance and to accompany the deceased into the world of the hereafter.


Schädler, Karl-Ferdinand, Afrikanische Kunst, München 1975, p. 101, ill. 133