2017-26-12 (Mask)

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Originating from the Ivory Coast, the Dan monkey mask, known as a Kaogle, is constructed of wood with fiber. The mask is characterized by deeply set triangular eyeholes; a low, prominent forehead, triangular distended cheekbones, and an angular protruding lower jaw. The corners of the mouth hang exaggeratedly dowwards. Harmoniously composed by the voluminous forehead and the tension created by the frontal ridge and the mouth, the great balance and expression point to the highest requirements of the Dan art dedicated to beauty.The multiple layers of holes around the perimeter are an illustration of the long use, as is the patina of the wood. The Dan monkey mask is among the more primitive examples of the northern Dan style. A woven cord is attached to the reverse.

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2017-26-12 (Mask) image
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