African tribal art - Dan mask

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 7333, Tertre, Belgium

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    Ex Belgian private collection.

    Plinth-mounted piece, height on plinth = 52 cm.

    This Ivory Coast mask, one of the eleven types of Dan masks according to Fisher and Himmelheber, is distinguished by its circularly hollowed-out eyes, offering better vision. Known as the "gunye ge" or "racing mask", this mask features an oval face, slightly concave in the center, and was made by the northern Dan people for racing events. The "zapkei", for their part, intervene to prevent the spread of domestic fires during the dry seasons. Armed with a stick, they threaten unwary women and confiscate an object as a fine.
    These objects are part of the collection of Guy Mercier, a consultant for the Solvay group, who assembled a vast collection of African tribal art in the early 20th century. His collection came from his travels in West and Central Africa, local acquisitions, European "cabinets of curiosity" from the 1920s, and purchases from renowned galleries in Paris, Brussels, London and New York. The collection was inherited by Jean-Charles Mercier after the death of his grandfather in the early 1980s.

    Piece accompanied by its certificate of authenticity.
    PS: what does the certificate of authenticity consist of?


    Ref: 8EPEL8B1QS

    Condition As is
    Ethnic group Dan
    Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
    Period 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
    Country of origin Ivory Coast
    Width (cm) 14
    Height (cm) 23
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 7333, Tertre, Belgium
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