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Gunye ge mask (N° 16595)

An actor of the social order, the African art mask Dan is, according to Eberhard Fisher, female or male. Corresponding to the main criteria of the women's masks gle mu , with an oval and regular face, a fine nose and a protruding and luscious mouth, this copy is accompanied by a goatee of vegetable fibers. Masks equipped with round orbits (gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of all the masks of the northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge , also equipped with circular orbits, are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are accessorized with hats, braids, textile capes and raffia, the most prestigious of which is the go ge , royal mask reserved for exceptional events.
Glossy dark brown patina, kaolin-surrounded look.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the "d-" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in sculpted masks. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, using the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types have social, spiritual and political functions, often evolving over time.
ref.: "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer  

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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnyDan
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height27
Width17
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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