Rare Tribal DAN BIRD MASK, LIBERIA/IVORY COAST. KRAN African bird beak mask - DAN - Liberia. African Kran mask in wood. The mask has a long curved beak-nose. This small mask has the motif of birds and bird beaks in Dan art, although it's features are unique.It is a cross between man and bird, with a human nose and eyes, but it has a ridged beak instead of lips and a tongue. Adorned with an attractive, dark patina. The Than people, who live in Liberia and the Ivory Coast, largely governed by secret societies. The Leopard Society acts as a major regulator or Dan life, and initiates young men. Famous for their masks, the Dan believe that spirits, known as "Du, " live in the forests and manifest themselves to humans in masks and masquerades, instructing and sustaining the Dan in life.
Thus masks are used as agents of social control, and are said to represent the spirits of bush called to establish order and are intended to exert a certain social control and chase away evil forces. It is in good condition, but with some wear and tear. Have a good look at the pictures.It has a beautiful brown patina. Mask Width: 19.1 cm. Work around the clock for you. Our workers regularly move from tribe to tribe and to the oldest settlements in Africa in order to obtain for us the best and most authentic items.
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The item "Rare Tribal DAN BIRD MASK, LIBERIA/IVORY COAST (3253 I)" is in sale since Friday, March 26, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "amiteini" and is located in Ghana. This item can be shipped worldwide.