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Dan maske (N° 22229)
Integrated into a mask depicting a human face, a curved, bifid beak extends this African mask of the Dan Yacouba from the banks of the Cavally River, between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia. A garland of metal bells and fangs, attached to a raffia trim, highlights the face of this work of African tribal art.
Grainy satin patina, erosions.
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The Dan populations of the north known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), and those of the northeast of Liberia, after having borrowed them from the neighboring Mandé people, use them in the secret masculine ceremonies of which the Koma of the Maou Guerze of Liberia call it Nyomu . When they are not accompanying a small orchestra at entertainment parties, the mask-singers perform at night, during traditional rites, in order to counteract evil spirits.
Dark brown velvety matte patina.