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Dan Maternity Fetish (N° 16935)

Evoking strength, this small female figure of naturalistic conception, presents a body on which the musculature is drawn. Established firmly on large digital feet, it adopts the characteristics of the dan sculpture. The child on her back is coated with crusty residues indicating libations associated with a fertility cult. The necklace accessorized with a cauri also has a magical reach. Dark mate patina.
As gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, la m , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living people, often commanded by the chiefs, whose statues will bear the names. They are placed in miniature boxes built for this purpose. For the Dans of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. In order for these spirits to be established, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the villages dan. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits.  

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OriginCollection Prodhomme
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, cauris, textile
Height22
Width7
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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