Berz Gallery of African Art

Richly Patinated Dan Tribe "Passport" Mask

Dan Tribe, Côte d'Ivoire

Composition: wood, stain, pigment, remains of applied shrine materials Dimensions: 3.9" h (9.90 cm) Age: late 19th-early 20th century Provenance: Ex. Private American Collection, Ex. Bruce Frank, NY Every piece sold includes a handmade custom base and a comprehensive dossier with certificate and authenticity with any additional historical documentation or information pertaining to the object. Description: A gritty masquette with a limited degree of charm but a certain attractiveness (the nose alone warrants consideration for bidding). The mask has this appearance mostly because of a very long life and history of use with encrusted shrine applications finding their way into every crevice of the masquette. If one seeks authenticity at a very reasonable price they can find it here. The custom made base adds a very nice touch. About Dan "Passport" masks: The Dan carved small masks like this very fine example known in the West as "passport" masks, which are smaller, personal versions of the famous larger dance masks of the Dan. They were used for personal protection, much like amulets and charms carried by tribesmen in communities in the DR Congo and beyond.