A fine Dan Tura mask, Liberia, of hollowed, oval form, a pointed chin beneath pursed diamond-shaped lips with pronounced philtrum, a slender slightly concave shaped nose, by pierced slit eyes in slanted position, pointed cheeks, a high-domed forehead, with amazing raffia headdress; traces of ritual use and age, incl. stand.
The Dan Tura masks from Liberia are now among the most popular Dan masks. Their recognition value is high, although in the conventional literature only specimens from the environment of these probably most important Dan masks are shown. See Rietbergkatalog, p. 133, fig. 166, collected by Hans Himmelheber in the fifties. In the Rietberg catalog “African Masters”, Zurich 2016, none of these exemplars is represented by this important Dan mask style. To a greater extent, these masks were only known through our publications on the internet, where we had previously presented 5 exemplars of this carving style.
Another exellent Dan Tura mask.
Lit.: Eberhard Fischer/Hans Himmelheber: The Arts of the Dan in West Africa, Museum Rietberg, 1984; Hans Himmelheber: Masken der We und Dan – Elfenbeinküste, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, 1997; Eberhard Fischer: Meisterbildhauer der Dan im 20. Jahrhundert. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger, Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, p. 107-150.
800 – 900,- Euro
Height: 38 cm (Dimension incl. the raffia hair).
Weight: 1.6 kg