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Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"
Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15"

Ornate Dan Guere Mask 15″ – Ivory Coast – African Art

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This Dan Guere mask was embellished with vegetable fiber, metal bells and cowrie shells. The mask measures 15 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. Stand not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast

Ethnicity

Dan Guere

Material

Wood, leather, metal, beads, shells

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

15"

Width (Inches)

11"

Depth (Inches)

3"

Weight (Pounds)

2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some imperfections and wear and tear. See photos or inquire for more information.

Tribe Information

About the Dan People

“Dan people, who are also known by the name Yacuba, live in the western part of the Ivory Coast and into Liberia where the land is forested in the south and bordered by a savannah in the north. The 320,000 Dan people make their living from farming cocoa, rice and manioc. Before unifying secret societies were set up at the turn of the century, each Dan village was an autonomous socio-political unit governed by a chief elected on the base of his wealth and social position. Today, the leopard society acts as a major regulator of Dan life and initiates young men during their isolated periods of three to four months in the forest. Dan people have achieved notoriety in the area for their entertainment festivals which were historically village ceremonies, but are today performed largely for tourists. During these festivals, masked performers dance on stilts.”

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Additional Information

About the Mask

“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.”