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Wee Kran Dan Talking Chimpanzee Mask African Art

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Title Wee Kran Dan Talking Chimpanzee Mask Africa
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Liberia and Ivory Coast.
People We, Kran, Dan
Materials Wood, pigment, hair, raffia
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 12.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
Overall Condition Fair to 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 well-worn patina, see pictures

Wee Kran Dan Talking Chimpanzee Mask Africa

Additional Information: This is a well-carved mask from the We-Kran 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. This mask is characterized by a domed forehead, jutting cheeks, a powerful nose, and a protruding and articulate jaw attached with raffia.

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