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Dan Singers Mask

Dan Singers Mask

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Indicative market price: R3,000


Joined 21 Feb 2009
Cape Town
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Dan 'Singer's Mask


Such a striking piece of African art!

This is a Singers mask from the Dan tribe of the Ivory Coast. 

Its bulbous eyes and protruding mouth, which are the main emphasis of this mask make it a wonderfully abstract display piece. 

Dan sculptors produce masks which pay homage to virtually every element and role  in society in an attempt to create balance. The Dan are known to be peace makers 

This mask in particular honours the singers and poets called 'Tangale'  The Dan are an extremely musical people and music and song fill everyday life in Dan society. 

The masks has a lovely aged patina and a deep ebony brown colour. It would look magnificent against a well lit white wall, allowing its hypnotically unusual  shape to be appreciated. And what an interesting conversation piece it would make.

The mask does have signs of having some age, although we cannot date it precisely. It is certainly not modern as one can tell by the patina and smoothly worn interior and sides.

It does have 2 cracks, one  which runs through the top part of the forehead and the other  down through the left side of the upper and lower lip. These are old flaws and the wood does not 'separate' along the lines where the cracks have occurred. 

If anything the cracks add to this fascinating mask's  patina. 

It is in good condition, hangs well on a wall and is solidly make.

There is also some wear around the eyes and a 'dent' the forehead beneath the brow , which is a part of the wood the mask was carved from.


Height : 24.5 mm

Width : 130mm

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