This Dan mask was decorated with cowrie shells around the crown of his head and a vegetable fiber beard. The mask measures 9 inches tall, 18 inches with raffia, and weighs 1 pound. The mask has some scuffing, pigment loss on the lips and wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos.
Dan Mask Decorated w/ Cowrie Shells 9″ – Ivory Coast – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, cowrie shells
9" mask, 18" including raffia
Some scuffing and pigment loss. Wear and tear throughout.
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.
“Dan masks are characterized by a concave face, a pointed chin, a protruding mouth, an upturned nose, a high-domed forehead, and are often covered in a rich brown patina. Similar masks are found throughout the country, but regional stylistic variations occur. For example, northern face masks tend to have very fine features, a high-domed smooth forehead, eyes set in the middle of the face and a very smooth brown patina obtained by immersing the masks in a pool of mud. Southern masks, on the other hand, have protruding features and a rougher patina obtained by applying vegetal pigments.”