A Dan, We or Kran war-mask, of the Bugl ceremony, Liberia, Ivory Coast, a tubelike, protruding snout with two animal teeth, beneath a triangular nose, framed by tubular eyes, a domed forehead with a nail on top for fetish material; orange to white sacrification patina, wood, leather, iron, provenance Amadou Bouaflé, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The face masks, which are always of considerable size, have a roughly pentagonal outline, tubular eyes, n (a mustage) and a powerful mouth with large inset teeth. The deliberately rough, usually covered with black patina – the residue of kola nut and blood sacrifices.
Lit.: Masken der We und Dan – Elfenbeinküste, Hans Himmelheber, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, 1997, page 58, The Arts of the Dan in West Africa, Museum Rietberg, plate 66.
800 – 1.000,- Euro
Height: 27 cm
Weight: 730 g