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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. The elongated ovalesque shape of...

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Provenance

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

Dimensions

Overall: 25 x 15 x 7 cm (9 13/16 x 5 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2598

Medium or Technique

painted wood and metal

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks