This mask was carved in the style of the Dan people of Ivory Coast. The mask has a simple design with expressive features and a ridge down his forehead. He has a beard made of woven vegetable fiber along with the edge of his hairline. The mask measures 13 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is some minor cracking, scuffing and wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
Great Dan Style Face Mask 13″ – Ivory Coast – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment and vegetable fiber
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.”