Lot: 25387th Tribal Art Auction
Anthropomorphic face mask "tankagle"
Côte d'Ivoire, Dan
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Emil Storrer, Zurich, Switzerland||H: 8.9 inch||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, blackish brown shiny patina, reddish brown pigment, concave vaulted face with short nose and prominent diamond-shaped mouth, forehead with vertical ridge, covered with incised linear scarification marks which can be found underneath the eyes as well, mouth and nose with drilled holes, slightly dam., both eyes damaged along lower rim (probably once narrow with metal borders), traces of insect caused damage (forehead, root of the nose, mouth), crack (upper rim). "Tankagle" means something close to "dancing miming masquerade". They entertain the spectators with various beautiful dances, and sometimes they perform short skits or songs. "Tankagle" wears "komo", a bonnet-like cap with applied decorations including the "bla ka", a strip of goat skin covered with cowrie shells. The costume consists of of a pair of trousers with a skirt of bast fibre. The mask dancers wear leg rattles and hold calebash rattles in their hands.