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Dan / Maou Mask (N° 18262)
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A nose in the shape of a curved beak extends the lower part of this African mask Dan Maou . Equipped with a beard and braids, this face, which borrows the features of the portrait mask deanglé exalting beauty, hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. This type of composition is recurrent in African tribal statuary. The Dan people of the north known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou de Touba (Maouka), after borrowing them from the people manded neighbouring use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma Maou and the society of the Poro of Dan. Glossy black patina.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, a malinked people 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 inhabit 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. Different types of dan masks have been listed, each with a specific function.
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|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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