Lu Me figure - Dan - Ivory Coast - SOLD

This rare statue is a superb illustration of the fundamental criteria of Dan aesthetics, both in its outlines - the perfect balance of the stance with half-bent, bowed legs and the musculature, emphasized by the firmness of the curves - in its face, with its high domed forehead and its fine features, (slightly upturned nose, half closed eyes, full lips opening onto small metallic teeth) and in its hand-carved beauty. The very elaborate headdress emphasises the frontal ridge, the brows, scored with scarification marks, the kaolin mask that women wore for ritual celebrations, the complex coiffure, made up of chignons and vegetal fibre braids, and the richness of the integumentary patterns that cover the body, highlighted by the deep black patina.These canons of beauty, which are discernible in all the pieces comprised in this restricted corpus, are similar to those that can be found in the sculpted female faces of the Danane region, located at the border between We country and Liberia. The most famous of them is the maternity figure, which was displayed in the colonial exhibition, in 1931 and is now kept at the Quai Branly museum (Leiris and Delange, 1967, p. 146, n° 156). Origin : private collection, BelgiumDating : 1950'sSize : 40 x 13 cm Material : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection Belgium

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