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Dan Zapkei mask (N° 18725)

This African mask from Ivory Coast is distinguished by its round eyes. It has a granular patina resulting from sacrificial coatings. A small raffia beard adorns the chin, while long mats frame the face. It is characterized in particular by the surprising excrescences pointing on both sides of the nose. Matte patina with orange reflections.
This mask called "running" (pointed face, round hollowed out eyes, rhombic mouth was held against the face with cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and tied behind the head. The tradition was that the wearer was chased by an unmasked runner; if he was caught, he had to pass the mask to the winner, who in turn would be chased by another runner. These races were once intended to train men to run and fight. This type of event is now very often linked to the celebrations announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height27
Width18
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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