PROVENANCE: Robert van der Heijden
ORIGIN: Dan Liberia
Age: late 19th or early 20th century.
USE: For circumcision ceremonies.
HEIGHT: 23 cm 33 cm on metal stand ( included in your package ).
CONDITION: Shiny patina. Wood, remains of white costume textiles on the rim . cracks in wood. One chip missing on the back on the above part of the rim, abrasions around the eyes missing the original metal, two metal inserts on the back lower rim.
This mask was worn in performance, during the circumcision ceremonies and manifestations of forest spirits. Spirits select an individual to impersonate them by appearing in his or her dreams. Only men, however represent spirits. The spirit informs the man of the required type of mask, its name, accoutrements, musical accompaniment and dance steps. Dan masks range in design from naturalistic to highly stylized. They represent male and female humans, male animals or a mixture of human and animal features.
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