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Masque Dan Déangle (N° 14823)

For the Dan, or Yacuba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the "d-" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in sculpted masks. This is how she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and uses the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types have social, spiritual and political functions, often evolving over time. Mask with regular features, whose losangic mouth evoking luscious lips forms a constant of masks dan, and whose split eyes belong to the type deanglé . Here it is decorated with a thick trimming of braided raffia, and rows of cauris arranged in decorative motif in the center of the skull. A bulge of curved fabric also the headdress. Dark, sained patina with golden highlights.  

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Originex-collection espagnole
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, cauris, plant fibre
Height26
Width16
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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