Africa

Dan/We/Guere mask that looks old

This well-used example of We, Dan or Kran masks is from Ivory Coast or Liberia. The  mask shows signs of long use and excellent age. This mask belongs to the category of  Kaogle and was traditionally associated with warfare. It was also used for judicial and educational ceremonies. Kaogle mask was also used as a dancing mask that served a number of functions in the Poro secret society. Masks like this are referred to as spirits.  Today, like most masks still being produced in this territory, they are used primarily for the entertainment of both villagers and tourists.

This mask comes from Africa Direct, a large and successful dealer of African traditional art.

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