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Dan mask (N° 22956)

Among the most emblematic African masks, this sculpture stood out among the eleven types of dan masks (Fisher and Himmelheber) thanks to its circularly hollowed out eyes in order to allow better vision. These masks called gunye ge "racing masks", with an oval face and a slightly concave center, were produced among the northern Dan and intended to participate in racing events. The zapkei intervene to prevent the spread of domestic fires during dry seasons. Armed with a wand, they threaten reckless women and confiscate an object as a fine.
An entertainment mask for the populations of Dan farmers in the north-west of Côte d'Ivoire, known as Yacouba, he is also sometimes found as a messenger at the time of the circumcision of young boys. Some of the Dan masks, by their proximity to the Wé of Liberia (named Kran), in addition to the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, have been marked by the influence of the latter. The functions of their different masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), may also change over time.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, textile, crin
Height cm22
Width12 cm
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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