Face Mask

A work made of wood, metal, and nails.

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  • A work made of wood, metal, and nails.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Dan
Liberia or Côte d'Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

The Dan created a wide variety of masks to manifest wilderness spirits, which played a role in educating, socializing, defending, protecting, and mediating between members of a community. This mask has the fearsome mouth of a crocodile. Worn with a large feathered headdress and a thick raffia ruff and skirt, such masks were intentionally frightening. In the 1990s, a civil war in Liberia displaced over one million people and halted community masquerade practices. [See also 1963.273].

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Dan

Title

Face Mask

Origin

Liberia

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood, metal, and nails

Dimensions

H. 34.9 cm (14 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf

Reference Number

1964.1101

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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