African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Dan Statue
Wearing braided shells, the male subject whose head forms a third of the body, wears scarified motifs, bracelets and necklaces and a light loincloth. Patina of use, small accidents and desication crack.
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.