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Dan Mask /Guéré (N° 13618)

Ex-French African art collection.
One of the variations of African masks dan here is a concave area between the forehead and eyes, half-closed stretched eyelids, and a diamond mouth revealing high incised teeth. Its particularity consists of tubular growths on the cheekbones evoking krou masks, as well as a beard composed of white pearl necklaces and bells sewn on a fringed cloth. The crusty matte patina has polychrome highlights. It was as a result of dreams in which the spirits manifested themselves that the masks were carved according to precise indications so that they could be honored through their appearances. The Dan also sculpt, always according to the instructions of the soothsayer, miniature masks on the model of large masks. They are worn in amulets by children. 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. Each mask had a name related to its function. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of the gle and the large goge masks relative to society go , which exercises justice and maintains social stability. Some of the masks of the Dan, by their neighborhood with the Wé of Liberia (named Kran), in addition to the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, were marked by the influence of the latter. The functions of their different masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), can also change over time.  

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OriginCollection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, perles, plant fibre
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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