Dan Passport Mask, Côte d'Ivoire - Small
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Description of Significance:
Historic Passport Masks were carved to represent the presence of a spirit during a ceremonial dance. They were also used as identification for the owner of the mask during travel outside the community. This is where the name "passport mask" came from. Passport masks are very small and were worn on hats or garments instead of on the face.
This is a decorative piece made to reference historic Dan masks. Please note the dimensions of this mask as it is small.
Country of Origin:
- Hand carved in Côte d'Ivoire
- Depth: 2"
- Width: 3"
- Height: 5"
- Paint & stain
- Indigenous wood
- This mask comes with an installed wire on the back for easy hanging.
About Decorative African Art:
Hemingway Gallery only purchases pieces from artists or owners that we approve of historically and aesthetically. These might include artworks that have been newly created and are currently being used in ceremonies. We place high value in these pieces, despite their lack of age and antiquity, regarding them as real even though they are not old. Some are created for use by the people and not made for the tourist trade. Ours are by talented artisans creating fine art that reference historic styles. Newly produced African art is gorgeous and we value these pieces. This includes contemporary aesthetics from the continent that may not necessarily look traditionally ‘African’. Our goal is to represent design in Africa that goes beyond the idea of ‘tribal’ as the styles of emerging artists are ever evolving.
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