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Dan Masque (N° 25388)

The Dan African mask.
An entertainment mask for the populations of Dan farmers in the north-west of Côte d'Ivoire, known as Yacouba, he is also sometimes found as a messenger at the time of the circumcision of young boys. Some of the Dan masks, by their proximity to the Wé of Liberia (named Kran), in addition to the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, have been marked by the influence of the latter. The functions of their different masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), may also change over time. All Dan masks are sacred. They do not represent the spirits of the bush but are those spirits. The type of mask whose face is surrounded by a sophisticated headdress composed of various elements is a racing mask. These races were once intended to train men in running and fighting. The face is surrounded by a prestigious and sophisticated headdress made of multiple materials. This type of test is now very often linked to festivals announcing the start of the dry season and those linked to the initiation of young children.  

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EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, textile, cauris,cornes, metal, plumes
Height cm65
Width52 cm
Weight2.80 Kg

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