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Dan / Kran Mask
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Associated with major ceremonies, this African mask comes from the Kran ethnic group, Dan subgroup established in a minority in Côte d'Ivoire, but especially in Liberia. It has a protruding circular forehead, a voluminous nose and a mouth evoking a bifide beak. The cavities of the eyes are highlighted with kaolin, and a crusty cluster at the top results from ritual libations. Susbsist fur on the skin covering the beak. Brown patina punctuated with ochre residue.
In this region of western Côte d'Ivoire, adjacent to Liberia, Dan, to the north, and Wé from the south (including the Guéré, the Northeastern Wobe and the Wé of Liberia called Kran or Khran), used frequent borrowing due to their proximity, making it difficult to precisely assign certain parts. In most cases, they share ...


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Kran loom pulley
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African art > Usual african items > Kran Chicken

In Côte d'Ivoire, but also in Liberia, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. The cotton weaving technique has spread to West Africa thanks to the displacements of the Dioulas. Prior to colonization, cotton-fibre textiles, the latter described as " white gold", were also used as a bargaining chip. Prestigious adornments, the woven ceremonial loincloths, sometimes in large numbers, accompanied the chefs in their tomb, among the Kuba, but also among the Baoulé.
This pulley is adorned with an abstract face with protruding curved elements reminiscent of some Kran/Dan masks. Dark brown grainy patina.
In this region of western Côte d'Ivoire, adjacent to ...


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Dan Kran Kaoglé Mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Dan

This African face mask, named Kaoglé, reflects the powerful spirit of a chimpanzee, a totemic animal of some Dan tribes, whose strength and malignancy will prepare for war or social control, through the judicial function. Belonging to the Kran , a subgroup Dan established in a minority in Côte d'Ivoire but especially in Liberia, it has prominent reliefs including a visor front associated with two side sections in semi-circles. The orbital cavities, flat, are pierced into triangles. The gaping mouth is adorned with a thin mustache of animal fork and a beard of raffia. The majestic headdress is embellished with various materials on a wicker frame, cauris, feathers and fabrics, giving an impressive decorative effect. The Kran practice an animist religion, worship their ancestors and are ...


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Dan Kran Mask
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African art > African mask > Dan Kran Mask

This former African mask, named Kaoglé, reflects the powerful spirit of a chimpanzee whose strength and malignity will prepare for war or social control, through the judicial function.

Kran, a Dan sub-group established in a minority way in Côte d'Ivoire but especially in Liberia, has prominent reliefs, including a cap-like forehead with a long beak, a long hollow snout and two semicircular sides. The orbital cavities, flat, are pierced in triangles.On the top, three small bells accompanied by their tingle the appearance of the mask. On the chin is a metal tongue retaining long cotton fibers stapled. The Kran practice an animist religion, venerate their ancestors and are organized into a secret society called gla. This mask also occurs today at ceremonies related to harvest, ...


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