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African Art / Dan Bronze Mask Pendant - PF.6006b
Origin: Liberia/Ivory Coast
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 3.375" (8.6cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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The loop on the top of this two-planed mask indicates that it was most likely once worn as a pendant decorating the chest. The aesthetic simplicity of the composition is overwhelmed by the tremendous power of the piece. A serrated edge frames the outline of the head. The upper parts of the ears are represented by open loops while the lower lobes are suggested by tight coils of metal. The facial features are almost minimalist. A central band defines the forehead and merges into the nose. Two almond-shaped eyes meet at the crest of the nose. The mouth is an open rectangle with miniature rows of teeth. Despite the simplicity of the piece, there is a spiritual energy housed within. The powerful gaze of the eyes is reinforced by the gapping mouth. Once this bronze mask would have been worn as a pendant by a powerful person within the Dan community. Clearly the power and prestige of this individual, whether royalty or diviner, would have been enhance by this mask. - (PF.6006b)


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