Q: I have a large mask from up-country in the Ivory Coast. It was purchased in 2009 in the city of Man. I believe this is the original article and not a tourist “knock off”. I’m looking for more information as to origins and price. I’ll send you a side and a rear view soon. Dave, 1004
A: Yeah, it looks real to me as well. Since the Dan people are all around Man in the West of Ivory Coast, and since the culture occasionally uses large masks, let’s start with that possibility. Send more pics when you can. I hope someone who specializes in African material will help us with a comment.
It’s a tourist knock-off, sorry – made for sale in a vaguely Dan style, with fantasy elements.