Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood Dimensions: Height: 9 inches, 23 centimeters Length: 5.5 inches, 14 centimeters Region: Ivory Coast, West Africa Tribe: Dan Tribe Approximate Age: 42 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.
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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