Theme of the bird in African art
A nose extending from a beak constitutes the lower part of this African Dan mask. Embellished with a long beard, this mask, hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. The Dan populations of the north called Yacouba of the Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), after having borrowed them from the people < b> mended neighbour, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma of the Maou and the Poro society of the Dan. Satin black patina, grainy deposits.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, a Malinké people also called Yacouba , two very distinct universes oppose each other: that of the village, made up of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that inhabit it. For these spirits to settle, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of dan masks have been listed, each with a specific function.
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