African Art: a prestigious Swiss collection

Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Dan (Ivory Coast), region of Man on the border with Liberia

Wood with a thick, dark coating
H 23 cm

Sculpture carved in an archaic style with a realistic nose which, from the base, continues with a raised midline to the front where a ritual iron tool is fixed. Its protruding, circular eyes are highlighted by metallic disks fixed with a resin mixture. Its large, half-closed mouth allows a glimpse at a row of teeth – the tips of a bird’s feathers – which sprout from the upper lip. Its beard is a mixture of skin and local fabrics which makes this mask seem fantastical and surreal.Its long use, connected to divinatory rituals, has left clear signs of magic substances on the surface of the wood.


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