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Masque Dan (N° 17127)

Accessorized with a carefully braided raffia hairstyle, this Dan Ivory Coast mask features a large mouth forming a protruding diamond, a metal-enturned look, cheekbones. The surface is irregular, dark brown, very slightly abraded.
The Dan masks, of varied design, usually perform at very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. The mask called "moqueur" 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 in circumcision rites, they appear in the company of and large masks go ge relating to the society go, which exercises justice and maintains peace. 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.  

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Originex-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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