An African Mask – Dan Tribe – Western Guinea Coast
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1960: item # 693045
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|A standing wooden mask with tubular eyes from the Dan tribe. This style of mask was worn on top of the dancer’s head whose head and body would be covered with a long tailed cape of raffia. Additional height and impact would have been achieved when the dancer wore stilts. The mask measures 15” tall by 9” wide and 6 ¾” deep. The head has five raffia balls at the neck with embedded cowry shells. There are two drop earrings of beads on the ears. The mask is probably early to mid 20th century and shows some signs that it may have been danced. The Dan is an ethnic group located in the West African countries of Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire. There are approximately 350,000 members of the group and the language spoken is Mande. Dan sculptors mainly produce masks which deal with virtually every element in Dan society, including education, competition, war, peace, social regulation, and of course, entertainment.|