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].
- Face Mask
- Wood, metal, and nails
- H. 34.9 cm (14 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf