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Dan Wakemia figurative spoon (N° 21001)
Usual objects in African art.
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The sculpted handle here represents legs with powerful muscles. They are frozen in a dynamic posture evoking a dance movement. Black brown patina and kaolin.
The tribal art of the Dan also produces objects of daily use, including these carved wooden utensils, Wakemia, used during festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to the women leading the traditional women's associations. These shovels, symbols of prestige, will be joyfully brandished during the "dances of the hospitable woman" (wakede) of the great meals organized under their authority.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants and 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.
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