2nd half of 20th century - Good condition
African Kran mask in wood. The mask has a long curved beak-nose.
This small mask continues the motif of birds and bird beaks in Dan art, although it's features are unique. It is a cross between man and bird, with human nose and eyes, but a ridged beak instead of lips and tongue. Adorned with an attractive, dark patina.
The Dan people, who live in Liberia and the Ivory Coast, are governed largely by secret societies. The Leopard Society acts as a major regulator of Dan life, and initiates young men. Famous for their masks, the Dan believe that spirits, known as "Du," live in the forests and manifest themselves to humans in masks and masquerades, instructing and sustaining the Dan in life. Thus masks are used as agents of social control, and are said to represent the spirits of bush called to establish order and are intended to exert a certain social control and chase away evil forces.
It is in good condition, but with some wear , look good on the picture.
It has a beautiful brown patina.
Approx height: 32 cm .
Lot is sold without the stand.
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