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Gunye gei mask - Dan (N° 13927)

This ivory coast tribal mask is a racing mask (sharp face, hollowed out round eyes, mouth, it was held against the face using cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. An impasto mixed with nestling down, resulting from ritual anointings, concentrates at the top. One eye no longer has its metal strap. Satin-black brown patina.
The tradition was for its wearer to be pursued by an unmasked runner; if he was caught, he had to pass the mask to the winner, who in turn was being chased by another runner. These races were once intended to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. Smooth, sained skate. An entertainment mask for dan farmers in northwestern Côte d'Ivoire known as Yacouba, it also sometimes meets as a messenger at the time of circumcision of young boys. Some of the masks of the Dan, by their neighborhood with the Wé of Liberia (named Kran), in addition to the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, were marked by the influence of the latter. The functions of their different masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), can also change over time. All Dan masks are sacred. They do not represent the spirits of the bush but are those spirits.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height25
Width15
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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