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Dan Zapkei mask (N° 20438)

Among the masks of the Ivory Coast, the African masks dan zapkei ge 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 sober example is embellished with a braided hairstyle, whose two braids frame the face. The fine, feminine face has protruding diamond-shaped lips. Velvety patina, with residual, grainy clay inlays.
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 social, spiritual and political functions, often evolving with time.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height24
Width19
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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