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Dan mask (N° 23318)

This African mask Dan named Déanglé, or Tankaglé, is cut according to the criteria of use, slanted eyes, prominent cheekbones and a prominent diamond-shaped mouth. A braided raffia hairstyle adorns the face. Black satin patina, abrasions.
The Dan masks, of various designs, generally occur during very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a preponderant role. The so-called "mocking" mask called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is sculpted in honor of the young girls of the village or famous men. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of the gle sö singing masks and the large go ge masks relating to the go society, who administers justice and maintains peace. In general, dan masks also have the particularity of not being representations of bush spirits but of actually being their incarnation. The Dan live in western Côte d'Ivoire, but also in Liberia. Also called Yacouba, they have a powerful initiatory society, that of the Leopard.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm28
Width18 cm
Weight0.57 Kg
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