Bird theme in African art
A long bifid beak forms the mouth of this African Dan mask covered with red fabric. The Dan populations of the north called Yacouba of Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), after having borrowed them from the people b> Mandé neighbor, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma of the Maou and the Poro society of the Dan.
Height on base: 50 cm.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, a Malinké people also called Yacouba, two very distinct universes oppose each other: that of the village, made up of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and always preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are further required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of dan masks have been listed, each with a specific function.
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