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Dan Tankaglé mask (N° 21201)
This African dan mask is equipped with a headdress embroidered with cowrie shells and extended by numerous fiber mats. The face is lined with textile, seed beads and raffia. The dancer wearing this mask is called takanglé.
It is following dreams in which the spirits manifested themselves that the masks were sculpted according to precise indications in order to be honored through their appearances. The Dan also carve, still 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 "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. Each mask had a name linked to its function. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of singing masks gle sö and large masks go ge relating to the go society, which exercises justice and maintains social stability.
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|Material(s)||wood, raphia, textile, cauris|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxxème|
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