This powerful piece was donated by our beloved Board Chair Mona Carloni and her husband Scott Antilla. Here is some information about this
This Dan or Yacouba West African Mask is called “racing mask”, Gunye ge. The mask represents an actor of social order among the Dan people. It has large eye sockets and offers regular features and can be embellished with a raffia beard and a finely braided hairstyle. The masks equipped with round orbits (gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the set of Northern Dan masks and are used for events during the dry season. For the Dan or Yacouba, the “DU” force which animates the world would manifest itself in the sculpted mask. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to humanity in order to support her, by first using the channel of dreams. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. The masks of different types are endowed with social, spiritual and political functions, often changing over time.
ref.: “Art of Sub-Saharan Africa” C. Mullen Kreamer
Pangea World Theater will contact silent auction winners and arrange pick up of larger items at Pangea's studio space located at 711 W Lake St # 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Small items like gift cards will be mailed out the week of June 20th.
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