Dan Passport Mask, Liberia, African Tribal Creations, Art, Cote D'ivoire Deangle For Sale
AnAfrican Tribal Creations sale!!!
Dan masks are considered a real treasure in African art,
both immediately recognizable and highly collectible. They can range from very simple to extremely ornate, are
finely carved, and one could almost say archetypical of the 'African Mask'
ideal. Above anything, they are
most interesting because of the beliefs that govern their production. The masks are considered highly sacred
in the Dan culture, whose distribution ranges from Cote d'Ivoire to Liberia to
Guinea. In many African cultures,
the masks are representative of spirits,
but in the case of the Dan, the mask IS the spirit, a tangible
embodiment of the spirit itself.
There are a variety of Dan face masks, each of which has a different
function. They may be an intermediary, who acts between the village and the
forest in initiation camps, wherein adolescent boys are segregated from the
general population, or may act to work against brush fires during the dry
season. They may also be used in
pre-war ceremonies, for peace-making ceremonies, or simply for games and
A common form of mask among the Dan people, the "passport" mask, as it is referred to by western cultures, was often carried by those traveling away from their village, and they were said to offer protection during such times. The masks could also be used to bear as a witness during an initiation ceremony. Often carried on the small of the back, these masks rarely exceeded ten inches in length. This passport mask is a very common form, featuring the typical bulged forehead, narrowed eyes, pursed lips, and dark patina. Its exterior displays very few tooling marks, and the interior is, as is usually the case, more roughly rendered. It shows familiar signs of age, but few indications of use. A beautiful, small, and graceful mask, one of which belongs in every collection.
Dimensions of this piece are 9.5" x 6" x 2.5",
and it weighs in at one pound.
Stand not included.
NOTHINGwe sell at African Tribal Creations is made in China, Taiwan, Thailand, or wherever. All items are 100% guaranteedAFRICAN ART, made in Africa BY the indigenous peoples of Africa. We have 100% positive response for a reason. Not quite the piece you're looking for?Check us out atthe African Tribal Creations galleryfor much more 100% genuine African art! WE THRIVE ON COMMUNICATION! If you are every dissatisfied, please contact us! If you'd like to offer on more of our listing before you pay so that you may receive combined shipping, please contact us! If you'd simply like to chat, CONTACT US! We're always happy to hear from our customers!
Payment is expected within 3 days of sale close. Unless other arrangements are made, negative response will be assessed in the event of non payment. This is a beautiful piece of art! It would be a great compliment to any decor, or private collection! PayPal is the only accepted payment method unless other arrangements are made. Feel free to ask if you have a question! Ships insured, and with delivery confirmation so you can track your purchase to your door! Be advised that in the event that a piece arrives broken, USPS will require you to surrender it to them in order to claim a refund. Shipping price is for the CONTINENTAL US. If you are in Alaska or Hawaii, please contact for a shipping rate, or you will be billed for your rate at sale end! Thank you! We will ship internationally, but please contact for a shipping quote. We cannot be held responsible for customs hold ups! We will do our best, but at the end of the day, we can't offer an absolute international guarantee. Thanks for understanding!