This is a very Unique Dan/Guere Mask from the People of Western Cote d'Ivorie and Eastern Liberia. Dan masks are classic in type and generally characterized by a faithful, if not idealized representation of the human face. They have certain fundamental aesthetic criteria including: a very high and rounded forehead, a thin mouth ( an aristocratic criteria of the Dan), and protruding cheekbones. In contrast, Guere masks have an expressionist style. Guere masks are characterized by distortions in the treatment of the face or parts of the face, leading to typically extravagant characteristics: this might be the forehead, the cheekbones, the mouth, the nose or the eyes. This fearsome mask with a multiple exaggerated number of eyes is vaguely human and animal, refers to forces in the bush whose energy and powers add to the authority of the spirit represented, and to the power given to the so-called "police mask", Von Gla. This is a male mask which role is to exercise social control, in punishing wrongdoers, settling disputes, declaring wars and proclaiming peace. In the past such masks were also said to have been in the bush camps when the boys were being initiated. This wonderful Dan/Guere one of a kind mask would be a great addition to your collection or home.
COMES ON STAND
Late 20th Century
This mask shows age, but is in good condition.
One of a kind
Mask on Stand
15 Inches Tall
6.5 Inches Wide
7 Inches Deep
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