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Masque Dan Gunye ge (N° 14952)

Among the variation of the African masks of Côte d'Ivoire, the so-called "mask of race"
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the Force U-002d-" that would animate the world would manifest itself in carved masks. This is how she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and uses the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types are endowed with functions, social, spiritual and political, often evolving over time. Masks equipped with round orbits (gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of all the masks of the northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge , also equipped with circular orbits, are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are accessorized with hats, braids, textile capes and raffia, the most prestigious of which is the go ge , royal mask reserved for exceptional events. This hollowed-out circular-eyed copy, housed under raised eyebrows, has a losangic protruding mouth under which a raffia beard has been fixed with nails. At the top, a crusty aggregate, a metal tip in the center, is the result of ritual practices. Smooth, sainy surface, dark patina. Litt. In: "African masks of the coll. Barbier Mueller" ed. Adam Biro  

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EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal raphia
Height26
Width17
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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