Spoon Date: 19th - early 20th century (before 1914) Geography: Côte d'Ivoire Culture: Baule or We or Dan artist Medium: Wood Dimensions: H. x W. x D.: 9 5/8 x 1 13/16 x 2 3/16 in. (24.5 x 4.6 x 5.6 cm)
Passport Mask Côte d’Ivoire, Dan Early 20th Century Provenance: Oscar Agard, Newark, NJ. Acquired 1970-1990’s, then by descent to family. These miniature masks fulfilled a variety of functions within Dan society. Anyone who claimed a spiritual connection with a mask was entitled to commission a miniature. Constantly rubbed with oil and other substances, these mask were kept with the owner, were amongst their most prized possessions and can share the power and protective agencies of the
Female mask (Deangle) from the Dan people of Liberia and the Ivory Coast | Wood, pierced for leather and raffia attachments | Early to mid 1900s | These types of masks represent gentle spirits who collect food from the villagers for boys secluded in initiation 'camps'.