A very unusual Yacouba mask, from the Man region, not far from Biankouma. The almost rhombic, very well-balanced face, the large open sensual lips shaped like a lying rhombus, the curved nose that seems to “emerge” from the inside of the skull, the elegant high cheekbones and the half-closed eyes that, with their folded lids, create an expression somewhere between trance and deep concentration, the high arched forehead whose hardness is broken by the semi-circular hairpiece protruding into it, an effect that is also conveyed by the two braids knotted at the end, all these are indications of the outstanding quality of this mask. Provenance Mohamed Belo Garba.
Lit.: Eberhard Fischer/Hans Himmelheber: The Arts of the Dan in West Africa, Museum Rietberg, 1984; Hans Himmelheber: Masken der We und Dan – Elfenbeinküste, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, 1997; Eberhard Fischer: Meisterbildhauer der Dan im 20. Jahrhundert.
700 – 900,- Euro
Height: 22,5 cm
Weight: 480 g (incl. stand)