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The Dan populations of west-central Côte d'Ivoire and the forest region of northern Liberia, Yacouba, produce masks associated with initiation ceremonies for young boys. Some of the masks of the Dan, by their neighborhood with the Wé of Liberia (named Kran), besides the contribution of the tribes of Guinea, were marked by the influence of these last ones. The functions of their different masks, eleven types according to Fisher (1978), can also evolve over time.


Dan Zapkei mask
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The African masks dan named zapkei ge are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are worn accessorized with caps, braids, textile cape and raffia, the most prestigious of them being the go ge, royal mask reserved for exceptional events.
A beautiful mahogany brown patina distinguishes this ancient mask. The realistic face with its careful modeling bears checkered keloidal markings around the eyelids and highlight the ribbed forehead. The metal spikes at the outer corners of the eyes are noteworthy. Smooth patina.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to ...


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Gunye ge mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan Mask

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.
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Dan mask-singer with beak
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

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.
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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Dan seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Dan stool

Several ethnic groups in the Ivory Coast have seats similar in design to this Dan stool, but it is distinguished by its carved decorative motifs and sculpted legs. The sculptor has preserved the natural shape of a branch for the back. Desiccation cracks, patina of use, dark, oiled.
For the Dan people of the Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants and its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that inhabit it. In order for these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and always preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of Dan masks have ...


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Dan Maou Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Dan

Thematic of the Bird in African Art A curved, curved beak evoking the calao extends the lower part of this African mask Dan Maou . Equipped with a beard of blond hairs, this face that borrows the round eyes of the running mask Gunye ge , hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. This type of composition is recurrent in African tribal statuary. The Dan populations known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou de Touba (Maouka), after borrowing them from the people mandé neighbor, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma Maou and the Poro des Dan society. Ritual, vegetal libations formed a grainy coating on the middle part of the face, while a resinous headband holds the cotton cloth on the upper contours of the mask. The mottled patina is shades of black ...


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Couple figures Dan Lü më
Tribal art > African Statues > Dan statues

Rare figures of young couple dan, engraved with multiple scarifications, and wearing braids gathered in shells falling in 'dreadlocks' on both sides of the face. A very subtle differentiation of the faces marks the genre. Beautiful old patina deeply encrusted with kaolin. Desication cracks, slight erosions.
As gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, la m , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living people, often ...


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Dan Zapkei or Gunye ge mask
Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

African mask of Côte d'Ivoire distinguished by its circular eyes surrounded by metal surrounded by orbits engraved in the heart. The lips are trimmed with metal sticks evoking teeth. This so-called 'race' mask (sharp face, hollowed-out round eyes, tanned mouth) was held against the face with cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. Tradition has it that its wearer is pursued by an unmasked runner; if he is caught, he must pass the mask to the winner, who in turn will be pursued by another rider. These races were once designed to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. Glossy black brown ...


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Masque Dan
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

This African Dan mask is a variation of the Deangle. The look here is enhanced by a strip of textile strapped with metal, like the hemmed eyes. The ajar lips that reveal teeth form a protruding diamond. Very fine raffia braids form a hairstyle plated at the top of the forehead, from which protrude laterally two short mats. The patina is shiny, glossy. Splends on the upper outline.
Dan masks, of varied design, usually occur during highly theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. The so-called Mask, called Deanglé, defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is carved in honour of the village's young girls or renowned men. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of the gle s and the large go ge masks relating to the go ...


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Dan fetish statuette
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Tribal art > African fetish > Statuette Dan

This naturalistic sculpture depicts a vigorous figure well camped on very large digitized feet, characteristic of the dan sculpture. Ritual anointings left crusty residues on the surface. The necklace accessorized with a cauri, symbol of fertility and wealth, also has a magical reach. Abraded spotted patina.
As gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, la m , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living people, often ...


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Mask Dan Zapkei or Gunye ge
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Dan

Among the most emblematic masks of African art, this sculpture stood out among the eleven types of dan masks (Fisher and Himmelheber) thanks to its eyes hollowed out in a circular way to allow better vision. These masks, named gunye ge "masques de course", oval-faced, slightly concave centre, were produced in the northern Dan and intended to compete in the race events. The zapkei intervenes to prevent the spread of domestic fires during dry seasons. Armed with a wand, they threaten careless women and confiscate an object as a fine. Some of these masks, the goge, with a particularly sophisticated braided headdress, were only exceptionally used. Base mask: 43 cmBlack patina with satin feel, grainy residual inlays at the top.
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Masque Dan Déanglé
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Dan

An actor of the social order, the Dan mask is, according to Eberhard Fisher, female or male. Consistent with the criteria of the women's masks gle mu , with an oval and regular face, ajar eyelids, a thin nose and a protruding and luscious mouth, this copy is accompanied by a goatee of vegetable fibres. This type of mask is worn by a dancer evolving with graceful gestures. 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 ...


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Masque Dan Tankaglé
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Dan

This Dan mask is a variation of the Deangle. The sunken gaze is enhanced here by a carved wolf encased in kaolin. The ajar lips protrude strongly. A grainy aggregate remains at the top on either side of a metal element. Smooth, sained skate. Dan masks, of varying size, usually occur during highly theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. The so-called Mask, called Deanglé, defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is carved in honour of the village's young girls or renowned men. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of the gle s and the large go ge masks relating to the go society, which exercises justice and maintains peace. In general, dan masks also have the peculiarity of being not representations of bush spirits but of ...


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Statue Dan
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Dan

This sculpture collected in Guinea Conakry embodies a young warrior, armed with a knife and carrying the head of an enemy. This rare work with menacing gestures has characteristic features of the productions of the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire and those established in Nimba County in Liberia, adjacent to the Guinean border, which probably influenced the statuary of some clans. The braided hair gathered in three thick back-to-back shells, the jewels in the ears, the facial and body scarifications, the mouth with protruding lips revealing the dentition, form aesthetic constants. The Dan also once had a reputation as warriors and cannibals. The position in which the character was depicted is also unusual: sitting, legs apart, his nudity asked by a textile sex cover of vegetable fibers.
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