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Dan Female Frowning on Stand Liberia African Art

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Title Dan Standing Female Figure Frowning with Stand Liberia African
Type of Object Carving, sculpture
Country of Origin Liberia/Ivory Coast
People Dan
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height is 13.5 inches
Overall Condition stable
Damage/Repair body damaged, holes and chips from old insect damage arrested, dents


Additional Information: A Dan standing figure with a frowning expression in the face! The figure stands with her arms attached to the her body.  The figure is made from hard wood and is in stable condition besides the old insect damaged already arrested.


Sculpted figures among the Dan or Yacuba are commissioned by wealthy or socially prominent men to represent their favored wife. Sometimes sculpted with a baby on their back, the figures exemplify the ideas of fertility and continuity of the family. These relatively uncommon sculptures are known as "lu me" or "wooden person" and can be over 60 centimeters in height. They do not portray ancestors, but are stylized portraits of real individuals, closely representing the hairstyle, body markings, and physiognomy of the wife. In some instances "lu me" sculptures are made public in the village during a ceremony in which the man who commissioned the carving is recognized---gaining social prestige. These figures may also be kept in small houses and only publicly shown on special occasions. Her face and ears are well carved and shown in detail.


The Mande speaking Dan people of northern Liberia and neighboring Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire migrated south from present-day Mali, and today live in forested regions as agriculturists. Also known as the Yacuba, the Dan live in politically non-centralized villages and towns ruling themselves through a complex arrangement of family lineages, men’s secret societies, and conjunct initiation ceremonies. Known for their numerous wooden masks and masquerades, the Dan share many cultural and masking traditions with their Mano neighbors in Liberia and the We or Guere and Wobe in Cote d’Ivoire.


Further Reading: E. Fischer and Hans Himmelhaber; "The Arts of the Dan in West Africa," (Zurich, 1984)


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Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.