DAN METAL MASK 52, Liberia

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

DAN, MASK 52, 8.75" high, $200, Liberia and Ivory Coast

This mask has the form of a Gunyege mask but is a modern example in metal and was probably never worn.

The mask has the eye and other openings black as they appear when hung.

GUNYEGE MASKS

Round eyed masks are used in racing games and ceremonies in which the masked spirit must compete against unmasked runners. If the wearer lose the race, it means the spirit has deserted that person and the mask goes to the winner, as a trophy to wear in the next race.

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