African Mask African Tribal Face Mask Wood Hand Carved Vintage Wall Hanging Dan Gunyéya-5010

$70 $96

32.5/21.5 CM
Belgian African tribal art collection . African Dan mask from Côte d'Ivoire "with hollow round eyes, called "gunyéya" or "gunye ge" used for racing events during the dry season. This example would also be a zapkei ge, responsible for preventing fires in watching over the domestic fires, a tiny fragment of red textile indicating that the gaze was originally hung with textile.Elegant base, in metal, enhancing an old finely carved piece.Height on base: 35 cm. It was following dreams in which the spirits would manifest 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

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