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Dan Guere Mask Abstract Hands Liberia African Art 22 Inch

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Title Dan Guere Mask Abstract Hands Liberia African Art 22 Inch
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Liberia
People Dan or Guere-Wee(We)
Materials Wood, pigment, clay, leather
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 22 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
Depth: 10 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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.


Additional Information:  An expressive and large face mask with exaggerate details. The mouth area is large and opened with a bit of leather attached.  The mask has two large hands partially coving the face. The surface of this mask shows significant traces of use. 


 


Representing a Ge, who is a spirit, this mask would serve as a visible symbol manifesting power, principles, and as a "spirit of the bush" to maintain social order, initiate the young and punish wrongdoers. They are used by the men's secret society called Poro-the enforcing arm of local authority..


 


 Recommended Reading:


 


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)