To send a message simply fill out the form below.
Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "West African, Liberian, Ivory Coast Dan Carved Wood Performance Mask"
|If you do NOT want to receive newsletters from us regarding the antiques trade, please UNCHECK this box.|
To send this page to a friend, fill out the form below..
Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Holes to the base of the chin where once a vegetal fibre beard was attached
The bottom lip now missing
Old dry crusty patina
Early 20th Century
Size: 24cm high, 17cm wide, 10cm deep – 9½ high, 6¾ ins wide, 4 ins deep
Ex South American collection
Performers wore these masks on public occasions for communal benefit, a practice that was widespread until the 1960s. The variety of masks carved in this region was enormous although they all have a frontal facial form. They are classed into male or female, unusual and deviant social categories and sometimes have a particular function ascribed to them such as warrior, dancer, debt collector, actor or singer, hunter or delinquent, by both the public and the performers alike.