Ex. collection African art Belgian
Actor of the social order, the African mask Dan would be, according to Eberhard Fisher, of feminine or masculine type. The almond-shaped face, coated with a black patina, is pierced with large eyes and offers features in high relief. The hair and beard are meticulously braided. Smooth abraded patina.
The masks equipped with round orbits (named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the set of Dan masks northern and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei gego ge, a royal mask reserved for exceptional events.
ref. : "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer; "Black African Tribal Art" J.B. Bacquart.
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