A DAN MASK
Ivory Coast, West Africa
Ex collection Philip and Rosalind Goldman
Wood, 30 x 20 cm
Dan people have achieved notoriety for their entertainment festivals which were village ceremonies. During these festivals masked performers dance on stilts. The go Master, the head of the like-named society possesses the masks and guards them in a sacred hut.
All Dan masks are sacred; they do not represent spirits of the wilderness, they are these spirits. Dan masks are characterized by a concave face, a protruding mouth, high domed forehead and are often covered in rich brown patina.
There are a variety of Dan face masks, each of which has a different function.
Price on request.