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Dan Zapkei mask (N° 20223)
The African masks dan named zapkei ge , whose eyes are blindfolded with red cloth, are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are worn accessorized with caps, braids, textile cape and raffia, the most prestigious of them being the go ge , royal mask reserved for exceptional events.
This example is embellished with a braided headdress made of plant fibers, fixed on a textile hood, which is extended laterally by thin braids. The fine face, with a black patina, is highlighted by the red headband with a yellow band. The eyes have metal rings. Smooth patina.
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For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to give him support, 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 with time.
Litt. African masks from the Barbier Mueller collection" ed. Adam Biro
240.00 € 192.00 € ( -20.0 %)
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, textile, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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