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|Dan, Côte d'Ivoire/Liberia|
"This mask is attributed to the Dan tribe or the dan po me, meaning Dan-speaking people of Liberia and parts of the Ivory Coast. Inhabiting the forested region between the two countries, the Dan is a vast culture, numbering over 350,000 with many groups and subgroups. Their masks are among the best known African art objects in Western collections and are usually identified by the natural refinement and smooth patina of their wooden surfaces. Dan masks are believed to be imbued with protective powers. All are invested with the vitality of the forest, a force that fosters well-being and protection from harm. The masks are categorized according to sex and social function such as warrior, dancer, hunter or adjudicator. The larger Dan masks are performance masks, which are owned and danced by a sole male proprietor at their respective occasions. The masks were said to have been inspired by the dreams sent to men by forest spirits who wished to be honored in the community. This particular mask belongs to a group of masks called Deangle and was danced at the return of victorious warriors." (source: Charles Davis III, in letter accompanying mask)
|Lot ID: 28|
|Low Estimate: $12,000|
|High Estimate: $20,000|
|Next Bid: $7,500|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), kaolin pigment stain, oils, ash|
|Dimensions: 9'' (22.86 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire/Liberia|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|The Dan people, who are also known by the name Yacouba, live in the western part of the Ivory Coast and into Liberia where the land is forested in the south and bordered by a savannah in the north. Before unifying secret societies were set up at the turn of the century, each Dan village was an autonomous socio-political unit governed by a chief elected on the base of his wealth and social position. Today, the leopard society acts as a major regulator of Dan life and initiates young men during their isolated periods of three to four months in the forest. (Ref: Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa). Literature: Herzog, African Masks, Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (Photo source of Dan Mask Dancer Photograph is Pop Goes the Sacred: Dan Mask Performance and Popular Culture in Postcolonial Côte d'Ivoire|
Daniel B. Reed, Africa Today
Vol. 48, No. 4, Musical Performance in Africa (Winter, 2001), pp. 67-85)
|Provenance: Ex. Charles Davis III, New Orleans, US (original certificate/letter included), Ex. Collection Linda Paul, US|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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