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    Dan (We) (Liberia/Côte d'Ivoire)
    Face Mask
    Wood, brass tacks, cloth, iron, nails
    Height: 12 5/8 inches Width: 7 ¼ inches Depth: 5 ¼ inches

    This is a remarkably decorated version of the tankagle entertainment mask. Its glowing expression and retention of several positive Dan aesthetic criteria reinforce its being among the beautiful masks. Brass carpet tacks early attracted the fancy of many groups in Africa both because of their reflective properties in strong light and because the material represented the exotic and prestigious. The red cloth is stained and fragile, two metal teeth are missing, and there are a few small insect losses. The back edge is abraded and all of the bottom attachment holes are worn through.

    Provenance: Leonard Kahan Collection

    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.41, fig.32.



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