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Mask Dan/ Maou / Gagon (N° 12705)

Theme of the bird in African art
A beak-shaped, curved nose, evoking the calao, extends the lower part of this African mask Dan Maou . Equipped with a beard alternating with black and blond hairs, this face that borrows the features of the portrait mask deanglé exalting beauty, hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. This type of composition is recurrent in African tribal statuary. The populations Dan of the north known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou de Touba (Maouka), after borrowing them from the mandé neighbouring people, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma Maou and Poro des Dan society. The top of the head has crusty residues of ritual libations. Traces of controlled xylophageal attacks. For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, a people malinké also called Yacouba , two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that Populate. For these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of dan masks have been identified, each with a specific function.  

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Originex-collection Mercier
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, crin animal, coton
Weight0.74 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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