Tuesday, 14 May 2013

A new African mask

When I was in Spain collecting a few last personal effects from the flat at the end of March, I went into Fuengirola one day and visited the African Fine Arts shop, where I bought this splendid Dan tribal mask.  There is a lower beak, hidden in amongst the grass 'hair', but I've not yet found a way to mount the mask on the wall so that you can see it.

The Dan people are from Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast, and this is a 'singer' mask.  The wearer sings praises, though I'm unclear exactly whose.   I've not found anything like it in any of my books about African masks.

I might get in touch with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge to see if they can shed any further light on it.

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