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Mask (deangle)

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Masks appear among the Dan for both entertainments and as materialized symbols of spirit powers for adjudication and social control. Originally owned by individual families, masks were given specific names and promoted or demoted according to the wearer's status. This deangle mask represents a...

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Provenance

By 1974, with Pace Gallery, New York; June 1, 1992, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 51-01931) to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Dan peoples, Liberia / Côte d'Ivoire, 20th century

Dimensions

41.9 cm (16 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1994.420

Medium or Technique

Wood, vegetable fiber, shell

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks