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Dan mask (N° 22086)

This African face mask embellished with upholstery nails is associated with the totemic animals of the Dan tribes. Belonging to the Kran , Dan sub-group established in a minority way in Côte d'Ivoire but especially in Liberia, it has prominent reliefs including a flat forehead, in circular visor, associated with three side panels in semicircles framing two hooked noses. The narrow, flat orbital cavities are pierced in triangles. A toothed mouth consisting of two articulated beaks, placed side by side, completes the extravagant hybrid face.
Grainy two-tone patina, partially chipped, break on the front.
The Kran practice an animistic religion, revere their ancestors, and are organized into a secret society called gla. This mask also appears nowadays during ceremonies related to harvests, funerals, but also during entertainment festivals where it plays an educational role.  

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OriginCollection Henrotin
EthnyKran
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, cuir
Height cm48
Width21 cm
Weight1.95 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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