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Dan Figure (N° 22687)
With a singular design, this dan sculpture consists of a female character, bust, which would extend a "gored skirt". A cup, surmounting the pointed umbilicus associated with filiation, springs from the bust.
The face presents a salient model from which spring feminine features. The hairstyle in double streamlined hulls has streaks figuring the braids.
Glossy black patina, abrasions. Native restoration.
Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies, and honorable status once rewarded dan carvers who were granted this talent during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, had a prestigious role with its owner. These are mainly effigies of wives, lü mä, wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestige figures representing living people, often commissioned by the chiefs, whose names the statues will bear. They are placed in miniature boxes built for this purpose.
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