About this object

Dan masks became popular with European artists and collectors from the early 20th century and carvers responded to new demand. Many were made in the 1960s for sale. The polished finish of this mask, and its many different decorative embellishments, suggest that it was probably made to appeal to European collectors.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Dan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1967 before
  • Materials
    Cowrie; Wood; Pigment; Bead; Fur; Fibre
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallery 43, 1967
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1867 before
  • Measurements
    370 mm x 170 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 2. Fire Demon Mask (Dan). Gallery 43, 28 Davies Street, London W.1. Purchase. Ex Sotheby's sale of 26 June, described as "Pike Demon" mask. Gallery Label: Dan masks became popular with European artists and collectors from the early 20th century and carvers were quick to respond to European demand. This mask shows little sign of indigenous use and was probably made to appeal to European collectors.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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