African mask from the Dan ethnic group in Ivory Coast
  • African mask from the Dan ethnic group in Ivory Coast

Zakpai Fire mask - Dan - Ivory Coast

Declination of the masks in African art of Dan

The traditional African Dan masks have rather constant stylistic characteristics, with however variations according to the regions. However, we find a rather flat face, eyes either half-closed or circular, wide open as it is seen on this mask, a convex forehead and a small lips slouching protuberant.

On this mask called firefighter mask or fire mask, intended to fight against the fires that threatened crops, red cloth was applied, which makes it remarkable. Originally, this red cloth came from soldiers' trousers. This mask is remarkable for its rarity and its face entirely red. The internal face presents beautiful traces of portage.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
26 x 14 cm
Ethnic group
Dan
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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