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Dan mask-singer with beak (N° 20220)
Integrated into a human face, an imposing curved beak, bifid, extends this African mask of the Dan Yacouba from the banks of the Cavally River, between the Ivory Coast and Liberia. A garland of animal vertebrae surrounds the face otherwise topped with horns or braids falling laterally.
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The Dan people of the north known as Yacouba of the Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba (Maouka), and those of northeastern Liberia, after borrowing them from the neighboring Mande people, use them in secret male ceremonies, including the Koma of the Maou The Guerze of Liberia call it Nyomu . When not accompanying a small orchestra at entertainment parties, the singing masks perform at night during traditional rites to ward off evil spirits.
Dark brown velvety matte patina.
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|Material(s)||wood, raphia, plumes, osselets|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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