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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


Buglé Dan Mask
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African art and diversity of masks Dan
African anthropo-zoomorphic mask whose appearance evokes the elephant, his sculpture consists of a tiered frontal space whose platform is equipped with a metal hook. Deep losangic incisions form an upper frieze. An ridge vertically separates the lower area, a common attribute to the dangled masks in connection with the ethnic keloid. The originality of the mask consists of two semi-discs in relief composing the cheeks on either side of a tubular mouth. This shape ends in a circular, gaping mouth, lined with teeth blanched with kaolin. Elements join the room, such as a leather band nailed around the "trompe", and a grey cotton fabric adornment attached to the contours. The surface of this Dan Bugle mask, or Kagle, is grainy, kaolin residues are ...


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Statue Dan L-Me - Ivory Coast
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Dan

Double shells cap this female figure of Dan as a wife. The face is reminiscent of the Dans' masks. A concentrated attitude, her arms curiously folded, she is camped legs apart. Tribal scarifications are finely rendered by patterns in braces. Very beautiful satin patina dotted with kaolin residue. Lack on the end of the foot.
See gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, la m , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living ...


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Dan Wakemia figurative spoon
African art > Spoons, ladles > Dan spoon

Usual objects in African art.
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 ...


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Dan Zapkei mask
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The African masks dan zapkei ge 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. This sober example is embellished with a braided hairstyle, whose two braids frame the face. The thin face has protruding lips. Smooth, velvety patina, coated with clay.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to give him support, and uses the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to ...


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Dan Déangle Mask
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Celebrating the beauty of Dan girls, the Déanglé mask is styled with thin, tight braids. The surface is smooth, soft and satiny. Renowned in African art, the Yacouba, also called Dan, are known for their masks and their traditional dances, sacred or profane. Their masks, of varied workmanship, are generally performed during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play a predominant role. The "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 of renowned men. For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world is manifested in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to give ...


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Deangle Dan Dance Mask
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Ex-Belgian African art collection. These African masks of a very pure aesthetic whose concave face projects the features, are always borrowed from a great serenity. This is one of the characteristics of Dan masks.Arched palpebral slits allow the dancer's vision. Flesh yen-green diamond lips protrude. A black patina, particularly satin, has areas thinned by use, honey color. Rhythms punctuated by regular perforations to fix the raffia adornment in front concealed the wearer. The so-called Mask, called Deanglé, defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is carved in honour of the village's young girls or renowned men.


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Masque Dan Déangle
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A mask with a mouth with luscious lips and stretched eyelids coated with white clay dangle. It is decorated here with a goatee made of vegetable fibers. Dark, satin patina. Remains of sacrificial coating at the top. Lacks on the contours. Abrasions. Height on a base: 41 cm.
For the Danes, or Yacouba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the force that would animate the world would be manifested in the sculpted masks. This is how she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and uses the dream channel beforehand. 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 evolving over time.


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Dan Zapkei mask
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Among the masks of the Ivory Coast, the African masks dan zapkei ge 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.
This sober example is embellished with a braided hairstyle, whose two braids frame the face. The fine, feminine face has protruding diamond-shaped lips. Velvety patina, with residual, grainy clay inlays.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to give him support, and uses the ...


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Dan Gunyeya "racing" mask
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An actor of social order, the African Dan mask would, according to Eberhard Fisher, be of the feminine or masculine type. The almond-shaped face, with harmonious features, is pierced by large circular eyes trimmed with metal. Smooth grayish brown patina.
The masks equipped with round orbits ( named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the mask set of the Northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. As for the zapkei ge , equipped with a gaze highlighted with red textile pierced 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. The ...


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Dan Gunye ge mask
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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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Dan Zapkei mask
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An actor of social order, the African Dan mask would, according to Eberhard Fisher, be either feminine or masculine in type. In the category of zapkei masks, this racing mask often trimmed with red textile is here pierced with large eyes haloed with light crusty pigments.
Its headdress, made of carefully braided raffia, shows a dense head of hair. A trim of human hair, underlined by cowries, forms a beard. Dark lustrous patina.
The masks equipped with round orbits ( named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the mask set of the Northern Dan and are used for racing events in the dry season. As for the zapkei ge , equipped with a gaze highlighted with red textile pierced with circular orbits, they are responsible for preventing fires by watching over ...


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Dan Zapkei mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Dan mask

Among the African masks of the Ivory Coast, the African masks dan zapkei ge 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.
This variant of the "zapkei" is embellished with a cleverly braided hairstyle, extending into two braids around the face. The thin face, stretched with red textile, offers a mustache enhancing prominent lips and eyes ringed with metal.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order ...


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 Dan Gunye ge mask
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This African mask from the Ivory Coast distinguished by its metal-rimmed eyes, known as a "race mask" (pointed face, round hollowed-out eyes, diamond-shaped mouth) was held against the face with cotton strips attached to the contour perforations and tied behind the head.
The wearer was chased by an unmasked runner; if he was caught, he had to pass the mask to the winner, who in turn was chased by another runner. The purpose of these races was once to train men to run and fight. This type of event is now very often linked to the festivals announcing the beginning of the dry season and those linked to the initiation of young children.
A mask used for entertainment by the Dan farmers of northwestern Côte d'Ivoire, known as Yacouba, it is also sometimes used as ...


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Dan Zapkei mask
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The African masks dan named zapkei ge , whose eyes are blindfolded with red textile, 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. This example is embellished with a braided headdress made of plant fibers, fixed on a hood, extended with fine braids. The fine face with prominent cheekbones, coated with black, is highlighted by the red headband with yellow band. The eyes have metal rings. Smooth patina.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to ...


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Dan Lü mei Maternity
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African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Dan statue

Succession of curves for this figure of Dan maternity camped on powerful legs, and whose child clings to the back.
The curved face, surmounted by a refined headdress streaked with braids, recalls dance masks, while numerous scarifications are imprinted on the bust. Lustrous black patina, locally encrusted with residual kaolin.
For the Dan of the Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very 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. Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and an honorable status were formerly rewarded to the Dan carvers to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter constituted the means of ...


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Dan / Maou Mask
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Thematic of the bird in African art
A nose in the shape of a curved beak extends the lower part of this African mask Dan Maou . Equipped with a beard and braids, this face, which borrows the features of the portrait mask deanglé exalting beauty, hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. This type of composition is recurrent in African tribal statuary. The Dan people of the north known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou de Touba (Maouka), after borrowing them from the people manded neighbouring use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma Maou and the society of the Poro of Dan. Glossy black patina.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, a malinked people also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its ...


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Dan Gunye ge mask
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This African mask from the Ivory Coast, distinguished by its metal-rimmed eyes, known as a "racing" mask (pointed face, round hollowed-out eyes, diamond-shaped mouth), was held against the face with cotton strips attached to the perforations around the edges and tied behind the head. (pointed face, round hollowed out eyes, diamond-shaped mouth) was held against the face with cotton strips attached to the contour perforations and tied behind the head.
Traditionally, the wearer was chased by an unmasked runner; if he was caught, he had to pass the mask to the winner, who in turn was chased by another runner. The purpose of these races was once to train men to run and fight. This type of event is now very often linked to the festivals announcing the beginning of the dry season and ...


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Dan Deangle amulet mask
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Deangled mask representing a skillfully modeled face with harmonious features. A particularity: brass wire between the closed eyelids, giving the illusion of lashes. Glossy black patina.
It is following dreams in which the spirits would manifest themselves that the masks were sculpted according to precise indications in order to be honored through their appearances. 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 Dan masks, of varied workmanship, are generally performed during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play a predominant role. The mask known as "mocking" called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is ...


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Dan Gunye ge mask - Ivory Coast
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An actor of the social order, the African art mask Dan would be, according to Eberhard Fisher, of the feminine or masculine type. Corresponding to the main criteria of female masks gle mu, with an oval and regular face, a fine nose and a protruding and pulpy mouth, this specimen is however accompanied by a goatee of vegetable fibers. Masks equipped with round orbits ( gunye ge ), facilitating vision, are part of the Northern Dan mask set and are used for racing events during 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. ...

Dan Zakpei, Zakpai mask
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The African dan masks named zapkei ge , whose eyes are blindfolded with red cloth, 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. This example is embellished with a braided cap extended with long braids made of vegetable fibers. The thin face, with a black patina, is highlighted by the red headband with a yellow band. The eyes have metal rings. Smooth patina.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to give ...


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Dan Lemei Liberia Statue
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Dan, Lümè, Liberia

Ex-French African art collection.
Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded sculptors to whom this talent was bestowed during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du , an invisible spiritual power, with men. The rare statuary played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, lm , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living people, often commissioned by the chiefs, whose statues will bear the names. They are placed in miniature boxes built for this purpose. Velvety dark brown patina. For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its ...





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