Unique Horned Dan Mask, Liberia
Unique Horned Dan Mask, Ivory Coast
Origin: Liberia/ Ivory Coast, Dan People (Provenance: Found in an old collection of an Anthropologist in Falls Church Virginia)
Period/Date: At least Mid 20th C., possibly older?
Materials: Wood, horn, cloth, resin, hide, nails, red cloth, pigment, hair
Description: This unique and dramatic mask is presented on a custom wood and metal display stand. It is a deconstructed example sense it originally would have been covered with hide/ fur around the perimeter and head. The mask no doubt had a very special function. It features asymmetrical eyes with one square and one round which is highly unusual! There are relief-carved nodes on the top of the head to receive the horns, meaning they were an intended integrated feature and not added later. It has a dry varied patina with remnants of resin, old cloth and nails.
Dimensions: Height 14.5” (37 cm), width 6” (15 cm)