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Dan Singer Mask (N° 21594)

Integrated into a concave face surrounded by cowrie shells, a zoomorphic jaw encrusted with abrus seeds extends this African mask of the Dan Yacouba. The Dan Yacouba live on the banks of the Cavally River, between the Ivory Coast and Liberia. A thick ornament of sticks, embellished with bells and fiber braids, and underlined with necklaces of colored beads, border the contours of this original mask. The Wé have similar masks.
The Dan populations of the north known as Yacouba of the Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), and those of northeastern Liberia, after borrowing them from the neighboring Mande people, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma of the Maou The Guerze of Liberia name it Nyomu . When not accompanying a small orchestra at entertainment parties, the singing masks perform at night during traditional rites to ward off evil spirits. Nowadays, it is for the festive ceremonies that it makes its appearance.
Dark brown velvety matt patina.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, cauris, graines, perles et plant fibre
Height44
Width36
Weight1.70 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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