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.
- Face Mask
- H. 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)
- African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund