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Dan Wooden Pendant in the Form of a Deangle Mask - PF.4885
Origin: Liberia, Ivory Coast
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high x 3.5" (8.9cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

Location: United States
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The Dan are as famous for their music and dance as they are for the variety and artistry of their masks. One of the most graceful of all African masks is the Deangle, which represents a gentle feminine spirit who collects food from the villagers for boys secluded in initiation camps. The size of this particular mask suggests it was worn on the body as a sort of emblem, or hung on a wall. From a wide, slightly protruding forehead, the face curves outwards, then tapers to a sharp V-shape of the chin. Narrow slits for eyes are deep set, and though carved with only a minimum of relief, they are highly expressive. Just as lovely is the mouth, extending beyond the nose, with lips parted as if sighing. The elegance of this mask speaks for itself, where words must cease out of respect and homage. - (PF.4885)


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