About this artwork
Dan masks can be male, female, or a mixture of both like the one with a crocodile-like muzzle displayed here. They are manifestations of forest spirits that reveal themselves in dreams to sculptors. A naturalistic or stylized embodiment is then created under the direction of the spirit-patron. There are 11 different types of Dan masks, each with different names and meanings recognized by villages on the borders between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.
- Face Mask
- Wood, metal, and nails
- H. 34.9 cm (14 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf