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Face Mask

Artist/Maker: Dan people (Ivory Coast and Liberia)

Date: 20th century
Medium: wood, fur, feathers and textile
Overall: 16 x 6 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. (40.6 x 15.6 x 19.1 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Berkowitz
Object number: 86.0091
DescriptionAmbiguous or anomalous creatures are the norm in much African art. In particular, qualities of opposing realms such as earth and sky (fur and feathers) are brought together in one being such as this mask, probably representing a spirit that appeared to someone in a dream and asked to have a mask created for itself so that it could dance with humans. Combinations of human and animal characteristics are also common.
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