Dan Guerze Gagon mask

In African art, within the Dan society in Côte d'Ivoire, dangerous forest spirits are translated into masks with human faces.

Whether worn or not, these masks are spiritually charged since they do not simply represent spirits as in other ethnic groups but are inhabited by the spirit itself.

The dancers, gle-zo, undergo visions sent by the spirits of the masks allowing them to perform their dance. They are articulated according to a hierarchical system which dominates political and religious life. They can therefore be classified by types.

The African mask here is from a dan subgroup located in Guinea. This type of piece is rare. Note the metallic strapping of the circular eyes. A beautiful crusty patina covers the room.

The hairs are still very present, which testifies to the exceptional state of conservation of the piece. The internal side also has beautiful traces of porting.

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Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
29 cm
Expert's estimate
625 - 700 €
Ethnic group
Wood, accessories
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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