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c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask
  • c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask

c1955 Africa French Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle Tribal Mask

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£850.00


Product Description

A nice original c1950 to 1960 African Ivory Coast Dan Dean Gle mask representing an idealized version of Dan beauty.

It is characterized by narrow eyes, an oval shape, a smooth forehead, and a mouth slightly open. It has been carved out of wood and decorated with a corded head of hair and beard. The head of hair is set onto a cloth cover that fits over the wearer’s head, making the effect quite realistic. Condition is good, but the mask does show evidence of age, with a good overall patina. It has lost some of the polished dark wood on the left forehead and cheek. We has only given it a light brush, in order to maintain its originality.

Dan sculptors mainly produce masks which deal with virtually every element in Dan society, including education, competition, war, peace, social regulation and entertainment. The Dan People, also known as the Yacuba, have the reputation of being fierce warriors always battling their neighbours, are from the area bordering either side of the Ivory Coast and Liberia. Most of their masks are for the secret ceremonies and protective rituals. They believe that the world is animated by a force called Du (spirit soul) and that this force is manifested as invisible spirits which take human or animal form and who channel communication with the high God Zlan or Xra. These spirits may be perceived via the carvings of the mask. Worldwide in drama and dance, masks are worn to enhance the story and to clarify the emotions being expressed. Always, masks intensify and heighten the experience, whatever the intention of the wearer of the mask is. Dean Gle's functions are to teach, entertain and nurture.

It is part of a collection collected by a French Diplomat based in Africa and purchased from his retirement home in Brittany, France.

Size: 24 x 60 x 24 cm (9 ½ x 23 ½ x 9 ½ inches)
Weight: 1185 g

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