A Dan mask with a characteristic high forehead and pointed chin. This Dan mask is carved of wood and stained with a dark brown dye. The Dan are hunters and farmers whose territory stretches from the western side of the Ivory Coast into Liberia. Dan masks are sacred objects. Dan masks are used for protection and as a channel for communication with the spirit world. The Dan also carry small 'passport masks' for personal protection when they are living away from home.
Provenance: Collection of Edward Frey, the author of The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World (Images of Asia).
Dimensions: Height: 11 in. (28 cm.)