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Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood
Height: 9 inches, 23 centimeters
Length: 5.5 inches, 14 centimeters
Region: Ivory Coast, West Africa
Tribe: Dan Tribe
Approximate Age: 44 years (1978)
Availability: In Stock
Item Number: M020
Collection: Tribal Masks
Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request
Provenance Report: "Dan Mask"
Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged
Sourcing: Fair Trade
Certificate of Authenticity Provided
This mask from the Dan Tribe is called a Gunye Ge mask mask. It used in in racing competitions. Its wearer is pursued by an unmasked runner and, if caught, the unmasked runner wears the mask and is in turn pursued. Historically, these races trained men to compete, allowing the winner to gain social recognition among the tribe.
This unique piece was hand made by the Dan people of the Ivory Coast. No factories or machinery was involved in the production process, only artisans and hand tools with painstaking detail and precision. This piece is made out of natural materials and is free from any fillers, dyes, stains, or varnishes. There is ONLY ONE piece in existence--truly one of a kind.
Some more information about York's Shona Gallery:
• We are based in New York City and opened NYC's first African art gallery in 1985
• Family and Minority Owned & Operated
• Each Purchase Supports Tribes in Africa
Masks from Africa
Masks were probably the first objects of African Art to capture the interest of art lovers of the New World. Like sculptures, masks served distinct functions. They were used for initiation, fertility rites, ancestor and spiritual worship, and other ceremonies.
The multitude of styles the masks produced revealed great artistic stories. African masks have been collected since artists like Pablo Picasso started his famous collection. He has stated that African masks inspired much of his work.
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