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Old smooth polished patina with traces of pigment
Early 20th Century
Size: 24.5cm high, 14.5cm wide – 9¾ ins high, 5¾ ins wide
Acquired on the London Art Market 1950s
However, Dan masks can change their roles during their career and become used for other forms of masquerade or dance rituals. The men who wear the masks and are performers must have had a dream sent to him by the mask-spirit. While the mask may be handed down through generations by inheritance, the masquerade itself depends on the dream which is an acknowledgment by the mask. Thus a mask may spend a generation ‘resting’ until a new dancer is visited by a dream. Its re-emergence may be accompanied by a difference masquerade; costume, movements and musical accompaniment as dictated in the dream.