A Fine Dan Mask , Northeast Liberia and Ivory Coast of Africa

A Fine Dan Mask , Northeast Liberia and Ivory Coast of Africa

1800 to 1900 Northeast Liberia and Ivory Coast

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A Fine Dan Mask , Northeast Liberia and Ivory Coast of Africa
19 th / 20 th century
The Dan call masks ‘Gle’ or ‘Ga’ and believe them to be manifestations of wild forest spirits . These spirits have no form , but when they wish to use their powers to support mankind they manifest themselves in magical objects , large ritual spoons or masks . Spirits select an individual to impersonate them by appearing in their dreams and then informs them of the required type of mask , it’s name , accoutrements , musical accompaniment and dance steps ( Fisher 1996 ; 486 – 90 ) .
This mask known as a Bugle mask with it’s original fibre / human hair beard and tubular eyes has the attributes of a fearsome male spirit and would have accompanied warriors into battle .



Provenance : Ex Jonathan Mankowitz , London
Ex London Private collection
Dimensions
Height 46.00 cm (18.11 inches)
Medium
Wood / fibre / human hair
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