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Masque Dan (N° 19842)
The African dan mask face is haloed by a collar lined with textile and cowrie shells on a basketry frame. The dancer wearing this mask is called takanglé.
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It is following dreams in which the spirits would manifest themselves that the masks were carved according to precise indications in order to be honored through their appearances. The Dan also carve, always according to the indications of the diviner, miniature masks on the model of the large masks. They are worn as amulets by children.
The Dan masks, of varied workmanship, are generally performed during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play a predominant role. The "mocking" mask called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is sculpted in honor of the young girls of the village or of renowned men. Each mask had a name linked to its function. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of singing masks gle sö and large masks go ge relating to the go society, which exercises justice and maintains social stability.
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|Material(s)||wood, textile, cauris|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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