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Dan mask (N° 22688)
Theme of the bird in African art
A hornbill beak forms the mouth of this rare African Dan Maou hybrid type mask. The eyes are coated with kaolin like the "gunye gei" racing mask. The upper part of the forehead, rounded, is sheathed in leather delimited by a string of abrus berries.
Interesting grainy oiled patina.
Height on base: 38 cm.
The Dan populations of the north known as Yacouba of the Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), after having borrowed from the People > mended close to this type of anthropo-zoomorphic masks, they are used in secret male ceremonies, including the Koma of the Maou and the Poro society of the Dan.
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 these spirits to settle, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the dan villages.
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|Material(s)||wood, cuir, bec de calao, seedsd'abrus|
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