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Lot 143: Dan Carved Wood Passport Maskette
November 7, 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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**Originally listed for 150.
West Africa, Ivory Coast/Liberia, ca. early 20th century CE. A carved small, personal maskette created to serve as an amulet by the Dan peoples and neighboring cultures, replete with features characteristic of Dan masks including a concave face, high-domed forehead, upturned nose, and pointed chin. Such maskettes were created to connect the owner with a specific spirit that is believed to offer guidance and protection. Traditionally, these are hidden and only revealed during special rituals. In addition such maskettes are carried by their owners during travels. An old example with a relatively rougher surface signifying that is was covered with vegetal-based pigments. Size: 2.125" W x 3.5" H (5.4 cm x 8.9 cm)
Provenance: Ex- Adeon Gallery, Nick Poolos, Chicago, IL acquired before 1970.
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Condition Report: Age worn surface as shown.