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DAN, IVORY COAST, LIBERIA: A ‘DEANGLE’ MASK WITH SLIT EYES

Lot : 4

The Art of Islam, Middle East and Africa

Estimate: $150.00 - $200.00

Starting Price: $100.00

Condition: A piece with good patina on the exterior as well as on the interior.

Dimensions: Height: 10 in. (25.5 cm.)

Auction Date: April 21, 2018

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This ‘Deangle’ mask type with narrow eyes serves as a friendly and caring ‘mediator’ and ‘supervisor’ during the initiation of young men who must spend a certain period of time in an isolated bush camp outside the villages and are taught there. The ‘Deangle masked dancer’ provides young men with food from the village, takes them to the village on visits and entertains the young initiates during their difficult, unusual time. The present ‘Deangle mask’ illustrates this special type: with narrow slit eyes, accentuated cheekbones, a small nose and beautiful, full lips and an open mouth. Provenance: Collection of Edward Frey, the author of The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World (Images of Asia).