Zakpai mask C034M013


Zakpai mask. Masks such as this one are known as ‘fire runner masks’ because they were worn by young men who ran through Dan villages to extinguish ‘forgotten’ stove fires, while the women were at work in the fields.
The present mask is a beautiful, old Zakpai mask, with round eyes, accentuated cheekbones and a protruding open mouth.

The people of Dan extends on the north-west of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. This ethnic group lives mainly in forested regions; it’s made up of farmers and growers who regularly move from the forest to create new fields. They can also live by hunting and fishing. The art of Dan is expressed mainly with wooden masks, which give a lot of importance and power to those who wear them.


SKU: C034M013 Category: Tag:

Additional information

Weight 3.3 kg
Dimensions 16 × 17 × 30 cm

Ivory Coast, Liberia

Ethnic Group