Item# dan

Product Description

This mask was not carved for sale but was use in tribal life.


Dan, ethnic group of West Africa who live in northwest Cote D'Ivoire and northeast Liberia. Dan masks and wall hangings are prized art collections.

Dan masks are usually used by male associations for rituals, education, social control and entertainment. Masks were thought to embody the most powerful of spirit forces called gle. Each gle has its own character. They brought control and order to village life. There are several distinctly different types of Dan masks.