Il s’apparente très étroitement à un autre masque acquis par Roger Bédiat dans la région de Danané dans les années 1940, ayant rejoint ensuite la Collection de Vivianne Jutheau, Comtesse de Witt (Sotheby’s, Paris, 14 décembre 2016, n° 6).
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 a mask acquired by Roger Bédiat in the Danane region in the 1940s, then in the Viviane Jutheau, Comtesse de Witt Collection (Sotheby’s, Paris, 14 december 2016, n° 6)
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