Dan Bird Mano Mask, Liberia/ Ivory Coast
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Description of Significance:
The Dan masks are sacred, as they do not represent spirit of the wilderness, as many other African masks do. Instead they are the spirits. Mano masks are kept in a sacred enclosure near the community meeting place. They are brought out to reenforce the authority of a leader. When danced, the masks represent judgement in disputes between individuals. This bird mask shows a hornbill, which is a sacred bird in many societies. The hornbill motif and the sacrificial material on the top of the head represent the supernatural power of this mask.
This is a high quality antique mask.
Country of Origin:
- Hand carved in Liberia or Ivory Coast
D:6" W:5" H:12"
- Depth x Width x Height
Sustainable Materials & Display:
- Indigenous wood
- Base is included
About Antique African Art:
Hemingway Gallery regards antique African art as the best artistic expression of aesthetic beauty and storytelling throughout the known history of art. Aside from artistic taste, African art accrues value in different ways than other genres, including use in ceremonial settings as well as age. 50 years is regarded as old or antique when it comes to wood masks and totems. Hemingway Gallery provides both authoritative insight and context into each artifact in the collection, possessing and readily exhibiting direct, intimate knowledge of the source and pedigree. The goal is to preserve and curate one-of-a-kind artifacts of importance while creating a platform for the acquisition of spectacular unique pieces within financial reach.
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