~~ Mask ~~ Our fascinating Dan Passport style Mask has a Fiber Beard, Red fabric across the eyes. Four holes in the top lip {reason not known by me}. Fabric along back rim. The forehead has a tribal substance applied to the surface, probably used in ritual. Mask Measures 9-1/2" long down to the Bottom of the Beard. X 5-1/2" wide. X 3" deep. I have owned this great little Dan mask in my collection since the 1980's. Collected 20th century in Ivory Coast. ~~ ACCEPTED PAYMENTS: CASH, CHECK, POSTAL MONEY ORDER, Visa Master Card, Paypal or I will email you with payment address to send checks or Postal Money Orders, Cash. ~ Shipping $15 USPS Priority mail with tracking in U.S. International mail rates or other Questions ~ Please Email Eric at or Call 330-434-1010 African Dan Tribe, Smaller Carved Wood Dan Mask Red Fabric and Fiber beard Liberia Africa Miniature masks often called passport or Ma masks are found among the various peoples of Liberia and Ivory Coast, including the Dan. Sharing a wide variety of uses they are the personal masks of initiated adult men and would be carried on their person or kept on personal shrines in the home. They serve to mark the passage of an initiate into the men's secret society and his elevation into the higher ranks. The small masks may be presented at meetings of senior members of the men's society to indicate their right to be present and participate in the deliberations. Diviner s would recommend that small masks be given to children to wear to ward off evil witches or cure illnesses. Small masks placed on shrines would receive the offerings and prayers of their owners and in time would accumulate a rich pagination of different substances that could obscure their features. Most of these miniature masks mirror the shape and features of the larger masks that they were modeled after. Often delicate feminine features are carved onto the small masks with great concern for detail and accuracy similar to the larger danced masks. And like the full sized dance masks the smaller masks reflect the great diversity of style and form of the larger masks. As a result there is no single style of Ma mask for they reflect not only their cultural heritage but equally reflect the variety of uses to which they are put. These spirits may be perceived via the carvings of the mask. Worldwide in drama and dance, masks are worn to enhance the story and to clarify the emotions being expressed. Always, masks intensify and heighten the experience, whatever the intention of the wearer of the mask is.
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  • Item #: M-DAN Pass red Eyes
Price $95.00
Availability Out-of-Stock