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Masque Dan Buglé (N° 14023)
Despite the round eyes encircled with a red cloth, evoking the zapkei masks and the -taround entertainment masks, this bugled mask stands out thanks to the row of horns on the forehead. Sometimes accessorized with a feather headdress, it is here equipped with a beard of vegetable fibers on which are attached bells whose tinkling aroused the ardour of the warriors before hunting or war. (Black African Tribal Art, Bacquart, p.36) Abrasions. Very light residue of kaolin. Crusty agglomerates at the top. Renowned in African art, the Yacouba, also known as Dan, are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or secular. 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. In the society of dan, mask wearers are high members of the social hierarchy. Masks are involved in the dispute resolution process when the village chief has failed to resolve a problem. In general, dan masks also have the peculiarity of being not representations of bush spirits but of being in fact the embodiment of them. One then understands the sanctity of such pieces.
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