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Dan (Ivory Coast)

Wood with a dark, glossy coating, vegetable fibres
H 25 cm

Dance mask.
This is a popular model among the Dan, Mano, Yacouba and Guerzé groups, located in the woodland region near the borders with Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Liberia.The face’s features are executed with great care: a pointed chin, well-modelled nose and lips, narrow slits as eyes, the mouth protruding outwards with teeth made of bones, and an elegant hairstyle.


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- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


- Lugano 2002, Palazzo Riva, Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI);


Reproduced in:
- VENTURI LUCA M. “Anime antiche, arte negra, da una raccolta di sculture dell’Africa occidentale” BSI Bank, Lugano 2002, fig. 8;

- FISCHER EBERHARD & HIMMELHEBER HANS “Die Kunst der Dan” Rietberg Museum Zurich 1976, page 67, number 36;
- VERGER-FEVRE MARIE-NOEL “Etude des masque faciaux de l’Ouest de la Cote-d’Ivoire conserves dans les collections publiques françaises”. Study published in French magazine “Arts d’Afriques Noire, 1985, number 53 (pages 17 - 29) and number 54 (pages 19 - 33);


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