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Dan Zapkei Dan Zapkei's " Race Mask (N° 14812)

For the Dan, or Yacuba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the "d-" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in sculpted masks. This is how she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and uses the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types are endowed with functions, social, spiritual and political, often evolving over time. Masks equipped with round orbits (gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of all the masks of the northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge , also equipped with circular orbits, are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are accessorized with hats, braids, textile capes and raffia, the most prestigious of which is the go ge , royal mask reserved for exceptional events. This atypical copy is embellished with a clotm that enhances its features, a mustache made of vegetable fibers, and a fragment of a canvas hood. Grainy matte patina.
Litt.: "African masks of the coll. Barbier Mueller" ed. Adam Biro  

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Originex-collection allemande
Material(s)wood, raphia, metal
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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