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Masque than Déanglé (N° 13752)
Ex-French African art collection.
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A hairstyle composed of raffia mats, with tight braiding, accompanies this African Dan mask also lined with metallic bells. The look, enhanced by an aluminum veneer plastered with a dark patina, is pierced with thin horizontal gashes for the dancer's vision. The ajar lips protrude in diamonds. A gap is visible on the nose. Dan masks, of varying size, 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 s- and goge masks relating to the go society, which exercises justice and maintains peace. In general, dan masks also have the peculiarity of being not representations of bush spirits but of being in fact the embodiment of them.
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, raphia, textile|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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