Lot: 178

98th Auction

Anthropomorphic face mask "zakpai"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Jan Schneider, Buchbach, Germany H: 9.3 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, missing part, traces of insect caused damage

The "zakpai" mask is also called "fire prevention mask". It mainly appears in the arid northern Dan region and is worn by the fastest runner in the village.

No one is supposed to recognise the man hiding behind the mask, because "zakpai" is considered a ghostly apparition.