Il s’apparente très étroitement à un autre masque provenant également de la collection Roger Bédiat (Sotheby’s, Paris, 16 juin 2010, n° 38), collecté par ce dernier dans la région de Danané, dans les années 1940.
Dan mask, Côte d'Ivoire
Characteristic of the northern Dan style, which flourished in the region that straddles the Côte d'Ivoire-Liberia border, this mask superbly combines the forcefulness of its volume with the sensitivity of its features. The face, broad and angular, exudes a serene sense of power enhanced by the fineness of the modelling and the darkness of the patina with glistening reliefs. The tension of the imposing central ridge gives balance to the composition of the face, leading the viewer to its slightly parted lips with dipping corners, which originally revealed metallic teeth. Consistent with the ideals of beauty in Dan culture, the narrow slits of the eyes identify this mask as female.
This mask is closely related to another mask collected by Roger Bédiat in the Danane region in the 1940s (Sotheby’s, Paris, 16 June 2010, No. 38).
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