This mask was carved in the style of the Dan people of Ivory Coast. The mask features a red pigmented exterior and has a vegetable fiber coiffure and cowrie shell embellished beard. It measures 11 inches tall and weighs 1 pound. There is some minor imperfections, and a missing part of the braided coiffure on the left side of the face – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
Pigmented Dan African Mask w/ Cowrie Shells 11″ – Ivory Coast
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Wood, pigment, fiber, shells
Missing part of vegetable fiber braid and minor imperfections
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.