This Dan mask was elaborately decorated with fabric, metal, animal horns and cowrie shells. This piece would make a wonderful addition to any home. The mask measures 15 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. *Stand not included*
Elaborately Decorated Dan Mask 15″ – Ivory Coast – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, fabric, fiber, metal, shells, horn
Some imperfections and wear and tear. See photos or inquire for more information.
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.”