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Dan mask (N° 23057)
Pierced with large pupils underlined with metal, the dan mask, an actor among the Dan of social order, is here stretched in red fabric and embellished with a raffia beard.
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The masks equipped with round orbits ( gunye ge ), facilitating vision, are part of the set of masks of the northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge, also equipped with circular orbits, are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, by first using 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.
ref. : "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, textile et raphia|
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