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Dan Neck Adornment with Passport Mask

Ivory Coast. £850

Fine Neck Adornment with Passport Mask. Dan Culture, Ivory Coast

Multiple tiny sea snail shells are strung together to decorate this neck adornment, with at its centre, is a finely carved mask. The mask exhibits typical Dan narrow slit eyes, finely accentuated cheekbones, a high forehead and delicately perched lips. Attached to one side of the mask is a animal horn, a large impressive cowrie shell and on the other side is attached a section of a razor shell, a crocodile tooth, wooden beads and a small fish vertebrae . The size of the mask suggests that it was a 'passport mask' - a term commonly applied to Dan masks that served as an important means of identification for mask-owners, when travelling outside their immediate communities.

Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century

Ex Private Collection Mario Stella, Italy

Mask Height:

Custom-Made Mount: 46cm x 18.5 cm

Reference

'Miniature Mask', The Metropolitan Museum

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