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Wee Kran Passport Mask African Art

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Title Wee Kran Passport Mask African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Liberia and Ivory Coast.
People We, Kran, Dan
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 5 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Depth: 2.5 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.
Damage/Repair Slight bug damage


Additional Information: Dan people, who are also known by the name Yacuba, live in the western part of the Ivory Coast and into Liberia where the land is forested in the south and bordered by a savannah in the north. The 320,000 Dan people make their living from farming cocoa, rice and manioc. Before unifying secret societies were set up at the turn of the century, each Dan village was an autonomous socio-political unit governed by a chief elected on the base of his wealth and social position. Today, the leopard society acts as a major regulator of Dan life and initiates young men during their isolated periods of three to four months in the forest. Dan people have achieved notoriety in the area for their entertainment festivals which were historically village ceremonies, but are today performed largely for tourists. During these festivals, masked performers dance on stilt

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