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Dan Guerre Guere Mask with Iron Studs African Art

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Title Dan Guerre Guere Mask with Iron Studs African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia
People Dan or Guere-Wee(We)
Materials Wood, pigment, iron nails/studs
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 10.5 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 5.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. 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. 
Damage/Repair chipped and worn, rust, minor cracks, missing studs/nails


This is a well-carved mask from the We-Kran people who live in the southern part of the Dan region. This mask features a chimpanzee-like face with very angular details. This mask is characterized by a domed forehead, jutting cheeks, a powerful nose, and a protruding and articulate jaw attached with raffia under a long, curly mustache.  


This mask is called 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:


E. Donner: Kunst und Handwerk in NO-Liberiaí, Baessler-Archiv, xxiii/2-3 (1940), pp. 45-110.


Harley, G.W., Notes on the Poro in Liberia, Papers of the Peabody Museum, Archaeology & Ethnology, XIX, No.2 (Cambridge, MA, 1941)


G. Schwab: Tribes of the Liberian Hinterland, ed. G. W. Harley, Papers Peabody Museum, Archaeology & Ethnology, xxxi (Cambridge, MA, 1947)


Harley, G.W. Masks as Agents of Social Control in Northeast Liberia, Papers of the Peabody Museum, Archaeology & Ethnology, xxxii, No.2 (Cambridge, MA, 1950)


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)