Mask - Wood - Bagle - Dan - Liberia / Ivory Coast

Description
Mask - Wood - Bagle - Dan - Liberia / Ivory Coast
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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may take the form of men or animals. There are some dü spirits which in order to realise a physical nature, must rely on men to create a tangible form for them as masks or figures. The dü causes a man to dream of it and then instructs him in the means through which it must be materialised. One type of dü spirit prefers to be manifested as a masquerade - these are the mask spirits.

All spirit masks are described as ge by the northern Dan and as gle or glö by the southern & western Dan (meaning ‘mysterious being’). These masquerade spirits wish to help men and to advise them, revealing their desire through dreams. The masquerade does not merely represent a spirit, it IS that spirit.

Every spirit masquerade has a proper name (e.g. wuti = black antelope / slü = falcon / gao = diana monkey). In addition they often have another title / a praise name or one which explains the function or significance of the masquerade. Prevalent amongst the Western Dan, the bagle mask is worn to entertain while the wearer dances, beats the musicians with a curved stick and throws objects he finds in their way

Shipping via Royal Mail (unless requested otherwise) within 24hrs after payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Bagle
Ethnic group/ culture
Dan
Region/ country
Liberia / Ivory Coast
Material
Wood
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
24×13.5×8.5 cm
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