DAN STYLE MASKS ARCHIVES, Liberia and Ivory Coast

The masks below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

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 Dan Style
Mask 62
17" high
SOLD

  

Dan Style
Mask 7
9" high
SOLD

 

Dan Style
Mask 65
17" high
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

 

Despite their appearance these masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

There are regional variations among the masks of the Dan people who live in the western part of Ivory Coast and eastern Liberia but they are generally characterized by a concave face, a pointed chin, a protruding mouth, an upturned nose and a high-domed forehead.

Now used principally in performance for tourists, the various masks had traditional functions ranging from entertainment to initiation to social control.

We recommend an excellent chapter on the masks of the Dan people, including the various styles and their functions, in The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

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