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Dan Figural Chief Elder's Staff Liberia African Art

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Title Dan Figural Chief /Elder Staff Cote d'Ivoire Liberia African
Type of Object Staff
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia
People Dan
Materials wood, aluminum
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 24.5 inches H.
Overall Condition Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. worn patina,
Damage/Repair General wear

Additional Information:

A Dan chief’s or elder’s staff . 

This staff  ending with a carved human head   wih twisted body comes from the Dan from Liberia or  Ivory Coast . Such elaborate  staffs or scepters  were generally in the possession of elites or elders. They were meant to be seen in public and admired as works of art while serving to support one as they walked.  Staffs were an indicator that its owner was a man of importance and recognition. Symbolic metaphors are at play in the figural imagery with The carved male body and figure.Markinhgs on this carving are all of Dan style.