19th Century Dan Tankagle Mask, Ivory Coast
Origin: Ivory Coast, Dan People Provenance: Found in an old collection, assembled in the 1960's, from Sunnyside New York.
Period: 19th century
Materials: Hardwood, libations, traces of kaolin powder
Description: This is one of the oldest and well-used Dan masks we have ever seen. It comes with a Marble cube base. The mask is so old that later pierced raffia holes were made inward away from the perimeter as that area became worn down over time. The mask has been used for many generations. Another significant indication of its age, is how the eye slits have opened up over time, giving the mask a surrealistic soulful quality! Its use patina is amazing, being dry, varied and semi-encrusted. The patina and wear on the inside, is the most convincing evidence of authenticity we've seen in a long time. In good condition with an old glued mend to the chin.
Dimensions: Height 8.25” (21 cm), Width 4.75” (12 cm)