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Dan Mask with Two Monkeys Liberia African Art 34 Inch

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Title Dan Mask with Two Monkeys Liberia African Art 34 Inch
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire
People Dan/We/Kran
Materials Wood, vegetal fibers, cloth
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 34
Width (in) 11
Depth (in) 10.5
Dimensions Height: 34 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Depth: 10.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair A very well worn patina, indigenous repairs, large split through backside, cracks chips and wear

Additional Information: A powerful mask with a highly expressive face, a bulging forehead, and a mouth showing sharp teeth. The head is topped with two dancing primates holding hands. This fascinating mask comes from the We, Dan, or Kran peoples. The back of the mask shows residues and signs of age and use. Layers of worn pigment add to the dramatic expression of this mask. Its very uniqueness combined with the size and quality of carving argues for a place in a major collection. The masks of the We and Kran and their relatives, the Dan, continue to fascinate art-lovers around the world.

Recommended Reading: G. Schwab: "Tribes of the Liberian Hinterland," ed. G. W. Harley, Papers Peabody Museum, Archaeology & Ethnology, xxxi (Cambridge, MA, 1947) W. Siegmann and Cynthia Schmidt, "Rock of the Ancestors," (Suacoco, 1977) E. Fischer and Hans Himmelheber: "The Arts of the Dan in West Africa," (Zurich, 1984) E. Fischer “Dan Forest Spirits: Masks in Dan Villages”, African Arts, II, no. 2, 1978. pp. 16-23, 94 B. C. Johnson: "Four Dan Sculptors: Continuity and Change," (San Francisco, 1986)