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The Dan populations of west-central Côte d'Ivoire and the forest region of northern Liberia, Yacouba, produce masks associated with initiation ceremonies for young boys. Some of the masks of the Dan, by their neighborhood with the Wé of Liberia (named Kran), besides the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, were marked by the influence of these last ones. The functions of their different masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), can also evolve over time.


Go Gé Dan Mask
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The large braided hairstyle topped this mask allows to attribute it to the type of masks go ge . Renowned in African art, the Yacouba , also known as Dan , are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or profane. Royal masks, the goge, used only on special occasions, are adorned with an imposing hairstyle braided with vegetable fibers, sometimes enhanced with cauris, and in which talismans were mixed. On this copy the lower lip is enhanced with red textile. Smooth black brown skate.
In society, mask wearers are high members of the social hierarchy. Masks are involved in the dispute resolution process when the village chief has failed to resolve a problem. In general, dan masks also have the peculiarity of being not representations of bush spirits but of being in fact the ...


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Spoon Dan anthropomorphic
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Ex-collection French tribal art.
The usual objects in African art. A figurative sculpture whose anthropomorphic handle depicts a female naked body in a dynamic attitude evoking a dance movement. It relies on legs with vigorous muscles, spread and semi-flexed, carried by digitized feet. Traditional scarifications are written in the ears. The column bust has an umbilical ledge. Grainy, sainy skate. Slight cracks around the edge of the spoon.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". For the Dan of Côte ...


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Masque Dan Déanglé
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Accessorized with a thick hairstyle made of raffia mats, fixed under a canvas pad, embellished with cauris forming embossed motifs, this mask of Côte d'Ivoire Dan features lips ajar in diamond. The smooth, dark brown patina has abrasions that reveal lighter wood. Dan masks, of varying size, usually occur during highly theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. 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. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of the gle s and the large go ge masks relating to the go society, which exercises justice and maintains peace. In general, dan masks also have the peculiarity of being not representations of ...


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Dan Fetish
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African art > African Statues > Dan Fetish

This naturalistic male figure, reduced, presents a stocky body on which the musculature is drawn. The character is carried by large digitized feet in the extension of the extended arms. The oblong face, projecting forward, is endowed with a deep-seated look on which remain tiny residues of kaolin. The top of the head is encrusted with a grainy mass trapping a cauri, probably as a result of ritual libations. Magic-targeted nails were inserted on either side of the bust. Patterns of curds are drawn on the chest of the subject.
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 ...


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Dan Zapkei Dan Zapkei s " Race Mask
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For the Dan, or Yacuba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the "d-" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in sculpted masks. This is how she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and uses the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types are endowed with functions, social, spiritual and political, often evolving over time. Masks equipped with round orbits (gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of all the 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. They are accessorized with hats, braids, textile ...


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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
African art > African mask > Ivory Coast Mask

For the Dan, or Yacuba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the "d-" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in sculpted masks. This is how she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and uses the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types have social, spiritual and political functions, often evolving over time. Mask with regular features, whose losangic mouth evoking luscious lips forms a constant of masks dan, and whose split eyes belong to the type deanglé . Here it is decorated with a thick trimming of braided raffia, and rows of cauris arranged in decorative motif in the center of the skull. A bulge of curved fabric also the headdress. Dark, sained ...


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Zei-ge Dan-Mano Mask
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This African mask of entertainment of the Dan farmers' populations of north-west Côte d'Ivoire called Yacouba, also meets, sometimes, as a messenger at the time of the circumcision of young boys. Some of the masks of the Dan, by their neighborhood with the Wé of Liberia (named Kran), besides the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, were marked by the influence of the latter.The functions of their various masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), may also evolve over time: miniature masks, sewn in a canvas bag, and made on the advice of the diviner, are worn as amulets by the children, but their features will be visible only after the circumcision of The Dan-Mano perform this type of portrait masks with a strongly marked frontal ...


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Mask Dan Zapkei or Gunye ge
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This African mask from Côte d'Ivoire distinguished by its salient metal-studded eyes sports a grainy patina resulting from ritual libations. At the contours of the mask, consolidated by this same sacrificial cauldron, the remains of a canvas hood whose ends knotted at the top adjoin with long nails. A thick raffia beard embellishes the jaws. The parallel grooves engraved around the face recall the traditional scars of the Dan. This mask is known as the "-race mask (sharp face, hollowed out round eyes, a long mouth and a lo-blinked mouth held against the face using cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. Tradition has it that its wearer be pursued by an unmasked runner; If he is caught, he must pass the mask to the winner, who in turn will be ...


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Statue Dan Lemei Liberia
African art > African Statues > 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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Mask Dan Zapkei or Gunye gei
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African art > African mask > Race mask

Ex-belgian African art collection.
This African mask Dan is a mask called "of course" (sharp face, round eyes hollowed out, mouth muzzle) of a soft symmetry. It was held against the face using cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. Tradition has it that its wearer be pursued by an unmasked runner; If he is caught, he must pass the mask to the winner, who in turn will be pursued by another rider. These races were once intended to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. This copy may have had another use because the eyes were originally incised horizontally. The metal strap, correcting ...

Spoon Wakémia of Dan
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Figurative sculpture whose anthropomorphic handle represents a female body in a dynamic attitude. It relies on legs with curved muscles, spread and semi-flexed, carried by large digitized feet. Traditional scarifications are inscribed on the whole body. The column bust is arched. Dark, lapped skate. Around the eroded spoon.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, ...


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Spoon Dan Wakemia
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The usual objects in African art.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". As in many cases, this spoon features a handle featuring a female body with curved muscles, adorned with traditional body scarifications. Erosions on the upper edge. Light brown, grainy skate.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For ...


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Spoon Dan Wakemia
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African art > Usual african items > Spoon Dan

The usual objects in African art.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". As in many cases, this spoon has an anthropomorphic handle, here a female body with curved muscles, established on large digitized feet, bearing traditional body scarifications. Brown, shiny 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 animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For ...


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Mask Dan Zapkei or Gunye gei
African art > African mask > Masque Dan

This African Dan mask is a mask called "of course" (sharp face, round eyes hollowed out, mouth drawn) of a soft symmetry. It was held against the face using cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. Tradition has it that its wearer be pursued by an unmasked runner; If he is caught, he must pass the mask to the winner, who in turn will be pursued by another rider. These races were once intended to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. This copy may have had another use because the eyes were originally incised horizontally. The metal strap, correcting the shape of the look, transformed a ...


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Dan Bugle Mask
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Despite details such as tubular eyes encased in a red cloth, evoking the masks zapkei and the -taround entertainment masks, The bugled mask has distinct specificities, including a mouth that is always voluminous, a prominent, bulbous forehead, and a row of horns on the forehead. Sometimes accessorized with a feather headdress, it is here equipped with a necklace of vegetable fibers on which are attached bells whose tinkling aroused the ardour of the warriors before hunting or war. (Black African Tribal Art, Bacquart, p.36) Abrasions of use. Very light residue of kaolin. Crusty agglomerates at the top.
Reputed in African art, the Yacouba, also known as Dan, are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or secular. Their masks, of varied design, usually occur during ...


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Masque Dan Buglé
African art > African mask > Masque Dan

Despite the round eyes encircled with a red cloth, evoking the zapkei masks and the -taround entertainment masks, this bugled mask stands out thanks to the row of horns on the forehead. Sometimes accessorized with a feather headdress, it is here equipped with a beard of vegetable fibers on which are attached bells whose tinkling aroused the ardour of the warriors before hunting or war. (Black African Tribal Art, Bacquart, p.36) Abrasions. Very light residue of kaolin. Crusty agglomerates at the top. Renowned in African art, the Yacouba, also known as Dan, are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or secular. Their masks, of varied design, usually occur during highly theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. The so-called Mask, called Deanglé, ...


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Mask Dan Zapkei or Gunye gei
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This ivory coast tribal mask is a racing mask (sharp face, hollowed out round eyes, mouth, it was held against the face using cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. An impasto mixed with nestling down, resulting from ritual anointings, concentrates at the top. One eye no longer has its metal strap. Satin-black brown patina.
The tradition was for its wearer to be pursued by an unmasked runner; if he was caught, he had to pass the mask to the winner, who in turn was being chased by another runner. These races were once intended to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. Smooth, sained ...


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Masque Dan
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Successive tiaras highlight the oval face of this Dan mask, whose eyelids and nose are plated with metal whose brilliance contrasts with the dark patina. Topping fabric balls, cauris, leather bags and raffia canvas combine to compose a collar and a sophisticated headdress that ends in height in a feather top. The lipped lips respond to the radiance of the metal.
Reputed in African art, the Yacouba, also known as Dan, are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or secular. Their masks, of varied design, usually occur during highly theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. 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. Also used during ...


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Masque Dan Zapkei/ Gunye ge
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Among the most emblematic masks of African art, this sculpture stood out among the eleven types of dan masks (Fisher and Himmelheber) thanks to its eyes hollowed out in a circular way to allow better vision. These masks, named gunye ge "masques de course", oval-faced, slightly concave centre, were produced in the northern Dan and intended to participate in the race events. The zapkei intervene to prevent the spread of domestic fires during dry seasons. Armed with a wand, they threaten careless women and confiscate an object as a fine. Some of these masks, the goge, with a particularly sophisticated braided headdress, were only exceptionally used.
Black patina with satin touch, grainy residual inlays.
Piece from the vast collection of Jean Charles Mercier which was started ...

Yacouba Dan Mask
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From the Ex private collection of African art, Pascal Roland (Belgium).

Known in the African art, the Yacouba are famous for their masks and their traditional dances whether they are sacred or profane. The face is made up of various kinds of reliefs. Thus the forehead is rounded while the eyes are curved. The googly white eyes are encircled in red. The hair is made of an impressive braided rope. The nose is quite sharp when the lips are full and seems to reveal the upper teeth. The back of the mask is black.


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