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TITLE:  Face Mask
SIZE:  h: 20 in / h: 50.8 cm
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Heather James Fine Art  760-346-8926  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Dan, Ivory Coast/Liberia Dan farmers of the Ivory Coast used this mask to represent the spirit of the bush, and to fulfill a variety of social, political and religious functions. The dark patina of this mask is typical of the northern Dan as well as its high forehead and strongly protruding mouth and full lips. The circular eye holes permit full vision of the wearer and are characteristic of the racer mask (gunye ge) or fire mask (zakpei ge). The gunye ge hold weekly running contests in the dry season to test the prowess of young warriors. The zakpei ge also appear at the same time of year to inspect cooking fires, the ever-possible conflagration, to chastise careless women with a switch and levy fines.
(Inventory # 2173)
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