Collection

Face Mask w/Braided Headdress

Face Mask with Braided Headdress

Dan, Ivory Coast.
Mid 20th Century,
Wood, Braided Vegetable Fiber, 10" x 6½".

This wooden face mask is only one of many regional styles and variations of the masks created by the Dan people. Primarily found in the Western part of the Ivory Coast and Eastern Liberia, these masks fall under two categories of feminine, which contains an oval face and thin, slitted eyes or as masculine, which can be seen here, with a concave face and rounded eyes, a high, domed forehead, and a protruding, open mouth.

These masks are thought to be made to represent the spirits of the forest who &slquo;request’ these masks be made via dreams, so that they can ‘appear’ before the Dan people in this form without risk of injury to mortals.

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