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Dan Tankaglé mask (N° 21561)
This African Dan mask is a variation of the Déanglé. The look is enhanced here by a sculpted wolf coated with kaolin. The half-open lips protrude strongly. A granular aggregate remains at the top on either side of a metal protrusion.
Smooth, satin patina.
The Dan masks, of varied workmanship, are usually performed during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play a prominent role. The so-called "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. 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 peace.
In general, Dan masks are also distinctive in that they are not representations of bush spirits but are in fact the embodiment of them.
The Dan live in the west of the Ivory Coast, but also in Liberia. Also called Yacouba, they have a powerful initiation society, that of the Leopard. The Dan Kran who live in the southern part of Dan country produce more triangular masks with side wings. The Dan Maou, who live in the western part of the country, have large masks with a beak.
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