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The Dan populations of west-central Côte d'Ivoire and the forest region of northern Liberia, known as Yacouba, produce masks associated with the initiation ceremonies of young boys. Some of the Dan masks, because of their proximity to the Wé of Liberia (called Kran), in addition to the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, have been marked by the influence of the latter. The functions of their different masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), may also have evolved over time. All Dan masks are sacred. They do not represent the bush spirits but are those spirits


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The masks equipped with round orbits (named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the set of Dan masks north and are used for racing events during the dry season.
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Pierced with large pupils underlined with metal, the dan mask, an actor among the Dan of social order, is here stretched in red fabric and embellished with a raffia beard.
The masks equipped with round orbits ( gunye ge ), facilitating vision, are part of the set of masks of the northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge, also equipped with circular orbits, are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, by first using the channel of dreams. The spirits then indicate how to ...


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For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and first uses the channel of dreams. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types are endowed with social, spiritual and political functions, often changing over time. Mask with regular features, whose lozenge-like mouth evoking luscious lips forms a constant of dan masks, and whose slit eyes belong to the dangling type, portrait mask. It is embellished here with a thick padded textile adornment, trimmed with rows of cowrie shells and a raffia beard. Patina with warm reflections.


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Unlike the African masks of the Dan of the northern region with a smooth patina, the masks of the south offer a grainy surface, such as this example with a majestic headdress. Two types of secondary masks intervene in a particularly theatrical way: racing masks, gunye ge , intended for inter-clan competitions which required good vision, and fire guardian masks, zapkei ge . Other royal masks, the go ge, used only on special occasions, have an identical appearance and are adorned with a sumptuous headdress lined with cowries, textiles, and sometimes feathers. Within Dan society, mask wearers are high members of the social hierarchy. The masks intervene in the conflict resolution process when the village chief has not managed to solve a problem. In ...


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Among the most emblematic African masks, this sculpture stood out among the eleven types of dan masks (Fisher and Himmelheber) thanks to its circularly hollowed out eyes in order to allow better vision. These masks called gunye ge "racing masks", with an oval face and a slightly concave center, were produced among the northern Dan and intended to participate in racing events. The zapkei intervene to prevent the spread of domestic fires during dry seasons. Armed with a wand, they threaten reckless women and confiscate an object as a fine.
An entertainment mask for the populations of Dan farmers in the north-west of Côte d'Ivoire, known as Yacouba, he is also sometimes found as a messenger at the time of the circumcision of young boys. Some of the Dan masks, by their proximity to ...


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Dan spoon
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Everyday objects in African art.
Dan tribal art also produces utilitarian and prestigious objects, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakemia, used during festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospital. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will wave it happily during the "hospitable woman's dances". As in many cases, this spoon has an anthropomorphic handle, here a female bust decorated with traditional body scarifications. Abraded black patina.
Minimal desication cracks. br /> For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two very distinct universes oppose each other: that of the village, made up of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that live there. ...


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Wé Wobé Mask
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Shez the Danes, it is in order to be honored that spirits manifest themselves in the course of dreams. They then indicate the details of the masks to be made. Dan African masks, of varied design, usually perform at very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. Each mask has a name related to its function. The mask kagle, kaoglé , with triangular reliefs, was displayed in joyful evolutions during which the dancer threw sticks at the audience. The Dans also sculpt, according to the soothsayer's indications, miniature masks on the model of large masks. They are worn in amulets by children. The dark, lustrous patina of the Dan's African masks was obtained by immersion in mud baths. Desication cracks.
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A nose extending from a beak constitutes the lower part of this African Dan mask. Embellished with a long beard, this mask, hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. The Dan populations of the north called Yacouba of the Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), after having borrowed them from the people < b> mended neighbour, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma of the Maou and the Poro society of the Dan. Satin black patina, grainy deposits.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, a Malinké people also called Yacouba , two very distinct universes oppose each other: that of the village, made up of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that inhabit it. For ...


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Dan mask
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Actor of the social order, the dan mask with an almond face, with well drawn protruding lips is pierced with circular orbits. A thick raffia and textile hairstyle, a beard trimmed with cowries, distinguish this classical African sculpture from Côte d'Ivoire. Abraded patina.
The masks equipped with round orbits (named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the set of Dan masks northern and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge


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An uncommon type of Dan mask, cheek bumps, a long horsehair mustache, and thick padding around the face make up an impressive visual effect. Sheep horns frame the mask, housed in the canvas pads bordering the sculpture.

Glossy patina, abrasions.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of Côte d'Ivoire and in Liberia, the "dü" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in the African masks sculpted. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and first uses the channel of dreams. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types are endowed with social, spiritual and political functions, often changing over time.


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Actor of the social order, the African mask Dan would be, according to Eberhard Fisher, of feminine or masculine type. The almond-shaped face, coated with a black patina, is pierced with circular holes encircled with metal. A sumptuous raffia headdress and a small beard complete the ensemble. Smooth satin patina.
The masks equipped with round orbits (named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the set of Dan masks northern and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge


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A beak extends this African mask of the Dan Yacouba from the banks of the Cavally River, between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia. This long curved beak, associated with a mask depicting a human face, would refer to the turaco, king of animals. The very dense headdress consists of multiple braids.
Glossy patina, small accidents.
End of beak eroded.
The Dan populations of the north known as Yacouba of the Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), and those of the northeast of Liberia, after having borrowed them from the neighboring Mandé people, use them in the secret masculine ceremonies of which the Koma of the Maou Guerze of Liberia call it Nyomu . For some authors, it would appear during the Poro celebrations.
Ref. : "The Bird in the art of West Africa" F. ...


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Among the Dan, spirits would manifest through dreams in order to be honoured. They then indicate the details of the masks to be made. The African Dan masks, of various craftsmanship, generally occur during very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. Each of the masks has a name related to its function. The mask kagle , kaoglé , with triangular reliefs, was exhibited in joyful evolutions during which the dancer threw sticks at the public. The Dan also carve, always according to the indications of the diviner, miniature masks on the model of the large masks. They are worn as amulets by children. The dark, lustrous patina of African Dan masks was obtained by immersion in mud baths. Interesting patina of use, localized grainy residual encrustations, small ...


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Dan Figure
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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 ...


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This African Dan mask named Déanglé, whose center of the face is concave, offers fine features. The projection of the lips animates the face. An elaborately braided hairstyle trims the contours. Smooth, satiny black patina.
The Dan masks, of varied craftsmanship, generally occur during very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a preponderant role. The so-called "mocking" mask called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is sculpted in honor of the young girls of the village or famous men. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of the gle sö singing masks and the large go ge masks relating to the go society, who administers justice and maintains peace. In general, dan masks also have the particularity of not being ...


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Dan Go gé mask
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Unlike the African masks of the Dan of the northern region with a smooth patina, the southern masks offer a grainy surface, such as this example with a majestic headdress. br>Two types of secondary masks are particularly theatrical: racing masks, gunye ge , intended for inter-clan competitions that required good vision, and fire-keeper masks, zapkei ge . Other royal masks ,the go ge , used only on special occasions, have an identical physiognomy and are adorned with a sumptuous headdress lined with cowries, textiles, and sometimes feathers.


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Embellished with a trim of bells, bagged talismans, thick braided headdress embroidered with cowries and mirrors, this impressive-looking African mask comes from the Dan Yacouba of the banks of the Cavally River, between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia. Crusty patina.
The Dan populations of the north known as Yacouba of the Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), and those of the northeast of Liberia, after having borrowed them from the neighboring Mandé people, use them in the secret masculine ceremonies of which the Koma of the Maou Guerze of Liberia call it Nyomu . When they are not accompanying a small orchestra at entertainment parties, the mask-singers perform at night, during traditional rites, in order to counteract evil spirits.


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Integrated into a mask depicting a human face, a curved, bifid beak extends this African mask of the Dan Yacouba from the banks of the Cavally River, between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia. A garland of metal bells and fangs, attached to a raffia trim, highlights the face of this work of African tribal art. Grainy satin patina, erosions.
The Dan populations of the north known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), and those of the northeast of Liberia, after having borrowed them from the neighboring Mandé people, use them in the secret masculine ceremonies of which the Koma of the Maou Guerze of Liberia call it Nyomu . When they are not accompanying a small orchestra at entertainment parties, the mask-singers perform at night, during traditional rites, in order to ...


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An actor of social order, the African Dan mask would, according to Eberhard Fisher, be of the female or male type. The face pierced with large circular eyes is accompanied by a braided raffia headband embellished with a cowrie shell trim.
Height on base: 30 cm.
The masks equipped with round orbits ( gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the set of masks of the Northern Dan and are used for racing events in the dry season. As for the zapkei ge , also with circular orbits, they are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are worn accessorized with caps, braids, textile cape and raffia, the most prestigious of them being the go ge , royal mask reserved for exceptional events.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in western ...


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Projecting forehead dominating broad lowered eyelids, incised, squared nasal bridge, hairstyle in parallel shells and curved chin. These anatomical details form the stylistic variants of the African mask named Gela , Geh-Naw , of the Bassa ethnic group from Liberia. Shiny black patina.
Liberia's Bassa group is based in the coastal region, more specifically around Grand-Bassa. Its culture and artistic production have been influenced by the neighboring Dan and Kpellé, of the Mande language. The Bassa have female and male initiation societies, including the chu-den-zo which gave birth to this type of sculptural work. The geh-naw mask, or gela , was worn on the dancer's forehead, fixed to a wicker frame, accompanied by fabrics concealing the wearer, and evolved into a ...


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Despite the presence of circular eyes facilitating the race of the Gunyéya , the mouth turning into a curved beak with a hair top allows to identify it as belonging to the category of masks gagon . A resinous agglomerate, mixed with yellow ochre vegetable powder, traps the fibres at the base of the nose. The piece is still equipped with the textile hood to conceal the neck of the wearer. The grainy surface has a satin patina with reddish and locally chipped reflections. Crack.This mask occurs during important festivals in the north of the region dan. Renowned in African art, the Yacouba , also known as Dan , have settled in western Côte d'Ivoire but also in Liberia. They are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or profane. The villages were run by a leader elected for ...


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