Dan Deangle mask
Classic African mask worn in Dan country, Ivory Coast.
In the Dan culture, dramatized competitions were frequently held in which dancers and runners wore masks.
Their journey owed nothing to chance.
The necessities of good vision and breathing are at the origin of these immense orbital openings.
The feminized softness of this traditional mask, with qualities similar to those of Japanese No masks, contrasts with the harsh features of other masks of the same ethnic group.
In this forest region, a strong individualism and moral traces of warlike fears remain from the distant time when cannibalism reigned. The prestige of individuals has retained all its power.
- Presumed dating
- Mid XXth century
- 24 cm (45 cm with beard and support)
- Ethnic group
- Wood, accessories
- Jean-Pierre Schmidt Collection
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