This mask, whose tubular eyes covered with a bone operculum, identify it as a male figure. The mask stands out for the remarkable contrast between its visual power and the intricacy of the sculpture, especially in the detail of the eyelids and very finely delineated full lips. The sheen of its dark patina exalts the tension of the curves, and the rhythm of which tightens up in profile with the projection of the mouth. From the front the perfectly controlled outline of the composition is manifest, finding its point of balance in the - rare - representation of the ears. The latter makes it possible to attribute this exceptional mask to a Dan/Mano sculptor (working at the border between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia). The superb rear surface, the exquisitely fine core, the remnants of a beard and the successive fastening holes attest its great antiquity.
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