The Dan of Liberia are famous for a variety of ritual masks. One of the most prominent is the type on display that is used during young mens' rite of passage ceremonies. Perfectly carved with naturalistic features this hard wood facial cover features two rows of old cowry shells attached to a fabric bundled headdress. Stripes of tin that mimic scarification and highlight the eyes are added for richness. One large bell known as a "summoners bell" is suspended from the chin. The bell is used to call upon spirits during the ritual. This is a beautiful well crafted piece. It was created in the mid 20th century.
Category: Mask tradition / Rituals
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