Dan tribe, Ivory Coast

Height : 31 cm    Age : beginning/mid of 20th century

Materials :
wood, metal

Wonderful object with brown-black patina and several layers of sacrificial substances. In past gunye gle masks were used during training of junior warriors. These days the most typical scenery displays running game where man with mask is followed by other men. Who catches the masked man obtains the mask and game continues. Dan Tribe believe that there is hidden power gle within the mask, and its owner is stronger and more powerful. If the owner is caught up, energy has left the mask right before. This type of mask is famous for its eye holes – important for orientation during the running games.

Provenience :
US collection

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