DAN METAL MASK 55, Liberia

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

DAN, MASK 55, 8.75" high, $200, Liberia and Ivory Coast

This mask has the form of a Deangle 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. Since this mask has several holes on one side we are showing it backlit to make them more visible.

DEANGLE MASKS

Masks with softly modeled features, slit or downcast eyes and often a vertical ridge on the forehead are regarded as feminine masks, Deangle, an idealized form of beauty and grace.. They represent gentle spirits who collect food from the villagers for boys away in initiation camps and were used for nurturing, teaching and entertaining.

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