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Dan / Kran Mask (N° 17737)
Associated with major ceremonies, this African mask comes from the Kran ethnic group, Dan subgroup established in a minority in Côte d'Ivoire, but especially in Liberia. It has a protruding circular forehead, a voluminous nose and a mouth evoking a bifide beak. The cavities of the eyes are highlighted with kaolin, and a crusty cluster at the top results from ritual libations. Susbsist fur on the skin covering the beak. Brown patina punctuated with ochre residue.
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In this region of western Côte d'Ivoire, adjacent to Liberia, Dan, to the north, and Wé from the south (including the Guéré, the Northeastern Wobe and the Wé of Liberia called Kran or Khran), used frequent borrowing due to their proximity, making it difficult to precisely assign certain parts. In most cases, they share oversized volumes, tubular or prominent eyes, lippue lips. The Kran in the southern part of the dan region practice an animist religion, worship their ancestors and are organized into a secret society called Gla. This mask also occurs nowadays during harvest ceremonies, funerals, but also during entertainment parties where it plays an educational role.
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, peau animale|
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