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The Dan, who occupy the forested coast of West Africa, are known for their vast network of masks. The Dan believe that forest spirits will visit a member of the community and reveal the type of mask and accompanying costume that will allow the spirit to emerge. This mask, which is substantially...

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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

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

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire/Liberia


Overall: 26.5 x 17 x 12 cm (10 7/16 x 6 11/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood, fur, bone or teeth, cloth


Africa and Oceania