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Dan Zapkei mask (N° 20950)
Among the African masks of the Ivory Coast, the African masks dan zapkei ge are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires.
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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 variant of the "zapkei" is embellished with a cleverly braided hairstyle, extending into two braids around the face. The thin face, stretched with red textile, offers a mustache enhancing prominent lips and eyes ringed with metal.
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.
Sold for 125.00 €
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