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Early 20th C. African Wooden Dan Mask

Western Africa, Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire, Dan peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden mask in a characteristic style with thin, sunken eyes and a protruding chin. The cheeks are wide and rounded, and help to complement the bulbous nose and full lips below a tall and crested hairline. This example also has perforations around the periphery for attaching ornaments or the fabric of a costume. The Dan people, who live in Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire, produce masks for nearly every element or occasion of their society, including, war, peace, education, and entertainment. Size: 6.5" W x 9.25" H (16.5 cm x 23.5 cm).

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, with small chips and nicks to nose, cheeks, and peripheries. Light earthen and mineral deposits, with lovely light-brown patina.

Provenance: private Healy collection, Studio City, California, USA, acquired over the last twenty years

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