Lot: 218

101st Auction

Face mask "zakpai"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Werner Muensterberger (1913-2010), New York City, USA
Nils von der Heyde, Hamburg, Germany
H: 8.9 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, iron pin, missing parts (insect caused damage), base

The "zakpai" type of mask is also called "fire prevention mask". It mainly appears during the dry season and its function is to ensure that women extinguish cooking fires after use to prevent afternoon winds spreading fire through the village and bushes. It is worn by the fastest runner in the village supposed to warn the inhabitants and to call for help in case of fire.