Dan "Zakpai" mask, Ivory Coast and Liberia
Ex private collection, CA
Ex Dave DeRoche
10" tall x 6" wode
wood, cloth, metal, animal hair

SOLD


'Zakpai' is the fire prevention mask. Its function is to insure that women have put out their cooking fires every day
during the dry season, before the afternoon winds begin to blow. Zakpai is aggressive, sometimes throws things,
and is meant to inspire fear. Tall green leaves cover the head. In addition, the masker wears pants with a ruff of
raffia around the waist and neck. It carries a branch as a weapon (Fischer 1978, 21).
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