Dan "Zakpai" mask, Ivory Coast and Liberia
Ex Howard Nowes
Ex Collection of Shirley and Milton Glaser , NYC
8-3/4 in tall.
wood, cloth

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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