Lot: 23588th Tribal Art Auction
Anthropomorphic "tu bodu" mask from the "lo" group
Côte d'Ivoire, Yaure
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|Emil Storrer, Zurich, Switzerland (1960)||H: 14 inch||
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.