This mask was carved in the style of the Dan people of Ivory Coast/Angola. He has a fierce expression on his face and was decorated with a beard made from vegetable fiber and has a “mask” covering his eyes made from fabric. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
Fierce Looking Dan Mask 9″ – Ivory Coast – African Art
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber and fabric
9" mask, 18" including raffia
Some cracking, scuffing and general 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.”