- Label Text
- Among the Dan of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, masks (gle or ga) are manifestations of wild forest spirits (du). This face mask, identified as deangle, by virtue of the vertical ridge running from the top of the mask to the bridge of the nose, oversaw the circumcision and initiation of young boys. It was characterized by William Siegmann as a “family mask”, possibly because of the mask’s cowrie shell crest and the reddish-orange beads encircling the lower part of the face.
- Wood oval face mask with slit eyes, forehead ridge, projecting lips with added possibly metal teeth. Cowrie shells attached to fabric circle face, red beads edge lower portion of face from eyes down.
- William Siegmann, -- to 2011
- Estate of William Siegmann, 2011 to 2016
- Exhibition History
- Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, April 9, 2014- August 17, 2014; Minneapolis Institute of Art, September 20, 2014-February 8, 2015; Indiana University Art Museum, March 7-May 10, 2015
- Published References
- Ferme, Mariane C., et al. 2014. Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone, exhibition catalogue. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, no.33, p.166.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Dan artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of the Estate of William Siegmann
- Wood, cowrie shells, plastic beads
- H x W x D: 20.7 x 13.8 x 6.9 cm (8 1/8 × 5 7/16 × 2 11/16 in.)