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Dan Déanglé mask (N° 21165)
African mask Dan deangled whose curved, elegant reliefs characterize Dan sculpture. Glossy black patina. Missing on the contours.
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It is following dreams in which the spirits would manifest themselves that the masks were sculpted according to precise indications, so that they could be honored through their appearances.
The Dan masks, of varied workmanship, are generally performed during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play a predominant role. The so-called "mocking mask" called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is sculpted in honor of the young girls of the village or of renowned men. Each mask had a name linked to its function. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of singing masks gle sö and large masks go ge relating to the go society, which exercises justice and maintains social stability.
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