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Dan Mask (N° 25395)

The African Dan mask, actor of the social order, would be, according to Eberhard Fisher, of feminine or masculine type. The almond-shaped face, with protruding, luscious lips, offering large metal-rimmed eyes, is underlined with braids and a goatee made of vegetable fibers. Black smooth 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. The "danglé" said mocker, with squinted eyes, embodying an ideal of beauty, plays an active role between the initiation camp and the village. ref. : "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer; "Black African Tribal Art" J.B. Bacquart.  


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OriginEx-collection Damane
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, textile et plant fibre
Height cm27
Width16 cm
Weight0.37 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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