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Masque Dan Deangle (N° 9019)
A piece from the African art collection Emmanuel Letellier, an agricultural engineer, who was stationed in Katiola in the 70s and 80s and whose great-grandfather François was a close friend of Father Jules Moury who opened a Catholic mission in this department of Côte d'Ivoire.
The stretched eyes, delicate nose and luscious diamond lips are the stylistic features of African masks extolling the beauty of young Dan girls. Smooth, soft and shiny surface. The features of this mask are typical of dan masks: a smooth, very dark patina, small split eyes, a relatively marked nose and a bulging forehead. The eyebrows here are finely chiseled while the forehead is divided by a weakly protruding middle edge.
Reputed in African art, the Yacouba, also known as Dan, are known for their masks and traditional, sacred or secular dances.
They masks, of varied design, usually occur during very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. The mask says 'mocker' called Deanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is carved in honor of young girls of the village or famous men. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of and large masks go ge reasative society go , which exercises justice and maintains social stability.
As 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 particularity of being not representations of spirits of the bush but in fact being the embodiment of them. We then understand the sanctity of such pieces.