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Dan Mask (N° 25398)

Actor of the social order, the African mask Dan would be, according to Eberhard Fisher, of feminine or masculine type. The almond-shaped face, pierced with ample eye cavities, is topped with multiple raffia braids around a canvas headband. A beard completes the finery, cowrie shells dotting the whole. Semi-grainy 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 française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, cauris, plant fibre
Height cm26
Width20 cm
Weight0.70 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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