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FEATHERED DAN MASK, IVORY COAST, AFRICA, 1900

Lot : 1

The Art of Islam, Middle East and Africa

Estimate: $400.00 - $500.00

Starting Price: $350.00

Condition: Very good with patina.

Dimensions: Height: 12 in. (30.5 cm.)

Auction Date: April 21, 2018

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A Dan mask with hair made of feathers and fiber beard. Pierced eyes and mouth. This Dan mask is carved of wood and stained with a dark brown dye. The Dan are hunters and farmers whose territory stretches from the western side of the Ivory Coast into Liberia. Dan masks are sacred objects. Dan masks are used for protection and as a channel for communication with the spirit world. The Dan also carry small 'passport masks' for personal protection when they are living away from home. Provenance: Collection of Edward Frey, the author of The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World (Images of Asia).