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Dan Bete African Mask 12″ w/ Stand- Ivory Coast

$295.00 $206.50

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This mask was carved in the style of the Dan Bete people of Ivory Coast. The mask features a face with horn like objects protruding upward. It has metal tack embellishments and comes with a custom made stand. It measures 12 inches tall on its own and 14.5 inches on the stand and weighs 4.5 pounds. There is some a chip on the back of the mask – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast

Ethnicity

Dan Bete, Dan Guere

Material

Wood, pigment, metal

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

12" mask; 14.5" w/ stand

Width (Inches)

9"

Depth (Inches)

7.5"

Weight (Pounds)

4.5 lbs mask; 5.5lbs w/stand

Tribe Information

About the Bete People

“The Ivory Coast is home to the Bete – the live between the Akan tribe to the east and the Guro tribe to the north. They number 350,000 and live in villages, with the eldest man of the main family at the head. Historically, they were hunters, but nowadays they also farm. Religion, omnipresent in Bete life, aims to maintain a harmonious relationship between nature and the ancestors who are responsible for the welfare of the tribe. Elaborate masquerades are ceremonies are performed by the men of the tribe who belong to dance societies. “

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

About the Dan People

The Dan are known for their superb woodwork. Masks are the single most paramount form of artwork created by the Dan, creating a bridge between the supernatural and physical worlds.
Read more about the Dan here.