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Face Mask

A work made of wood.

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  • A work made of wood.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Dan
Liberia or Côte d’Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Dan mask performances pertain to social control, political and judicial matters, peace-making, education, competition, and entertainment. The meanings and functions of masks evolve over time; they usually gain prestige as they “grow older.” However, when such a mask appears by itself—without the accompanying costume, other accessories, musical accompaniment, and dance steps—its identity is lost.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Dan

Title

Face Mask

Origin

Liberia

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

H. 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1963.273

Extended information about this artwork

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