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Dan We (Wee) or Kran Chimpanzee Mask Liberia African Art

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Title We (Wee) or Kran Chimpanzee Mask Liberia African
Type of Object Face Mask
Country of Origin Liberia
People We, Wee-Kran
Materials wood, pigment, copper alloy studs, encrustation
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 11 inches H x 5.5 inches W. x 6 inches deep
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair Minor cracks and chips in the back

Additional Information:  A face mask from the Kran-We people who live in the southern part of the Dan region. Such masks are also found among the Dan people. This mask features a chimpanzee-like face with very angular details including a domed forehead, holes in place of eyes, jutting cheeks, a pointed nose, and a large open mouth. with pronant lips. Masks of the We, Kran and related peoples continue to fascinate art-lovers around the world. The geometric structure on this mask is unique and make this object a delightful piece of art.

This mask belongs to the category of Kaogle and was traditionally associated with warfare. It was also used for judicial and educational ceremonies. Kaogle mask was also used as a dancing mask that served a number of functions in the Poro secret society. Masks like this are referred to as spirits. Today, like most masks still being produced in this territory, they are used primarily for the entertainment of both villagers and tourists.


Masks in Dan Villages”, African Arts, II, no. 2, 1978. pp. 16-23, 94