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    Dan (Liberia)
    Face Mask
    Wood, pigment, nails, string
    Height: 9 ¼ inches Width: 6 inches Depth: 4 inches

    Unusually elegant scarification patterns grace this refined mask which was almost certainly made for an entertainment masquerade of a benign and friendly nature, "The costume of these masquerades consists of a fabric cape and, among the Western Dan, an enormous fiber skirt; among the Northern Dan, a pair of trousers with a short, shaggy skirt of bast-fiber. Tangkagle wears Komo, the bonnet-like cap with applied decorations including the bla ka, a strip of goat skin covered with cowry shells" (Eberhard Fischer and Hans Himmelheber. The Art of the Dan in West Africa. Zürich: Rietberg Museum, 1984, p.23). In overall good condition, the mask has minor cracking and chipping around the edges.

    Provenance: Thomas D. Slater, Indianapolis
    Published:
    William Siegmann, ed. African Masks of the West Guinea Coast, Selections from the Thomas D. Slater Collection. Purdue: Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, 2003, p.32, fig.9.



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