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Dan mask (N° 22814)

An uncommon type of Dan mask, cheek bumps, a long horsehair mustache, and thick padding around the face make up an impressive visual effect. Sheep horns frame the mask, housed in the canvas pads bordering the sculpture.

Glossy patina, abrasions.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of Côte d'Ivoire and in Liberia, the "dü" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in the African masks sculpted. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and first uses the channel of dreams. 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 changing over time.  

 


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OriginCollection Diaz Alcade
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, crin et cornes animales, textile
Height cm38
Width29 cm
Weight1.43 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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