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Antiques Wooden DAN wall mask -9838

$69.99 $100
37/20.5-CM
collection This African dan mask is equipped with a headdress embroidered with cowrie shells that are extended by numerous fiber mats. The face is lined with textile, rosary of seeds and raffia. The dancer wearing this mask is called takanglé. It was following dreams in which the spirits manifested themselves that the masks were sculpted according to precise indications in order to be honored through their appearances. The Dan also carve, always according to the indications of the diviner, miniature masks on the model of the large masks. They are worn as amulets by children. Dan masks, of varying craftsmanship, generally occur during very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. The so-called "mocking" mask called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is sculpted in honor of the young girls of the village or famous men. Each of the masks had a name related to its function.Also used during circumcision rites,gle sö and large go ge masks relating to the go society , which exercises justice and maintains social stabili

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