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Dan Wakemia Spoon (N° 19049)

Usual objects in African art.
The tribal art of the Dan also produces objects of daily use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakemia, used in festive ceremonies and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will joyfully wield it during the "dances of the hospitable woman". As in many cases, this spoon has an anthropomorphic handle, here a male body with curved muscles, established on large digitized feet, and adorned with traditional body scarification. Brown, shiny patina. For the Dan of Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct worlds are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. In order for these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and always preserved outside the Dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of dan masks have been identified, each with a specific function.  

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Originex-collection italienne
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width13
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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