African tribal art - Dan mask

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

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    Ex Belgian Mercier private collection.

    Dan masks from Côte d'Ivoire feature subtle variations, mainly in the shape of the eyes, mouth and headdress, which distinguish them from one another. The "zapkei ge" play a special role in preventing domestic fires by keeping watch over them. For the Dan, also known as the Yacouba, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself through these sculpted masks. These masks are seen as channels of communication with the spirits, transmitting knowledge and offering support to the community. Masks are often created in response to indications received in dreams, where the spirits specify the name of the mask to be made. These objects have social, spiritual and political functions, and their meaning can evolve over time.

    The collection of tribal art comes from Guy Mercier, a consultant for the Solvay group, who began collecting in the early 20th century. During his work in West and Central Africa, he acquired works on the spot. However, the bulk of his collection came from the "cabinets of curiosity" that were popular in European capitals during the 1920s. In addition, he acquired pieces from prestigious galleries in Paris, Brussels, London and New York. This collection was then entrusted to Monsieur Jean Charles Mercier, Guy Mercier's grandson.

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    Ref: P58AJSRD1M

    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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