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Gagon Mask (N° 13990)

Despite the presence of circular eyes facilitating the race of the Gunyéya , the mouth turning into a curved beak with a hair top allows to identify it as belonging to the category of masks gagon . A resinous agglomerate, mixed with yellow ochre vegetable powder, traps the fibres at the base of the nose. The piece is still equipped with the textile hood to conceal the neck of the wearer. The grainy surface has a satin patina with reddish and locally chipped reflections. Crack.This mask occurs during important festivals in the north of the region dan. Renowned in African art, the Yacouba , also known as Dan , have settled in western Côte d'Ivoire but also in Liberia. They are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or profane. The villages were run by a leader elected for his status. Their masks, of varied design, usually occur during highly theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. The so-called Mask, called Deanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is carved in honour of the village's young girls or renowned men. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of gle and large masks go-ge relating to the go society, which exercises justice and maintains social stability.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, textilede coton, fibres
Height cm48
Width20 cm
Weight0.75 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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