About this object

This is one of six Dan masks that Hutchings bought for the museum in the 1960s, because he wanted to “illustrate important stylistic variations”, which he thought would be “very useful in teaching African art”. Such ideas probably show the influence of an important German ethnologist called Hans Himmelheber, whose 1960 publication on African art and artists was ground breaking in the way it documented the creative individuality of named Dan wood sculptors.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Dan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1968 before
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From M. L. J. Lemaire, 1968.
  • Collector
    M L J Lemaire
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date collected
    1968 before
  • Measurements
    222 mm x 141 mm x 73 mm
  • Related people
    M L J Lemaire ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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