African Mask Dan Tribe Racer
Dan Tribe Racer Mask (Ivory Coast)
An outstanding investment for any collection or display
The Dan lives in northwestern Ivory Coast, arriving around the 8th century from the West and North of the Western Sudan as fierce warriors. Masks are known as the Racer Mask (gunye ge) and the Fire Mask (zakpei ge), a channel of communication with the high god Zlan. Intermediaries are spirits of the ancestors invoked through the mask. The power of the mask to influence the ancestors depends on the man. His success shows that the ancestors favor him. An inherited mask retains its power over the ancestors and the more prestigious its owner was in his life, the more powerful he will be as an ancestor.
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