Dan Mask, Ivory Coast or Liberia
Lance and Roberta Entwistle, London
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Hollander, St. Louis
Sotheby's, New York, November 19, 1999, lot 86, consigned by the above
Myron Kunin, Minneapolis, acquired at the above auction
Warren M. Robbins and Nancy I. Nooter, African Art in American Collections. Survey 1989, Washington and London, 1989, p. 169, fig. 331
The present mask was reportedly owned by the French medical doctor Charles Stéphen-Chauvet (born Stéphen-Charles Chauvet and sometimes referred to as Stephen Chauvet; see Altman 2004), an important early scholar and promoter of arts from primary cultures. Stéphen-Chauvet was the author of Les arts indigènes des colonies françaises of 1924, and most famously L'Île de Pâques et ses mystères, published in 1935, which was the first comprehensive study of Easter Island art.