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Unusual Bird Mask, Dan People, Liberia

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Unusual Bird Mask, Dan People, Liberia
Item Details
Description
African Tribal Art: Dan People, Liberia: A rare anthropomorphic mask with a combination of human and bird features. Carved wood with elaborately braided fiber hair, the human-like face has a tubular eyes and a defined nose, above a fanciful curved beak and protruding, hummingbird-like tongue. The beak is studded with brass upholstery tacks. The mask has an overall black/brown patina, and it's age is estimated as 19th/20th century. It comes with a custom-made steel display stand.

Dan masks embody spirits of the forest who request (through dreams) that masks be made so they can "appear" before the people. A bird mask is considered a harbinger of good luck, and the inclusion of white (metal) on the mask reinforces that message.

Dimensions: Approx. 16H x 9W x 10D; 20.5H on stand (inches)

Provenance: Private collection.

NOTE: Please inspect the photos, which supplement the written description and show the condition of this lot.

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Provenance: Private Collection, Massachusetts, Private collection, New York

Dimensions: See Description
Condition
Good condition with evidence of use and age.
Note: Please inspect the photos, which supplement the written description and show the condition of this lot.

NOTE: If documentation is not listed, the lot is sold without documents.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to bidding. Color fidelity of photos presented is not guaranteed. Lack of a condition statement does not imply that a lot is perfect. Please examine photos, read descriptions, and contact the Gallery with any questions prior to bidding. All sales are final. Winning bidders will be sent invoices from our gallery. Credit cards are accepted for invoices under $1000. Higher amounts must be paid by e-check or wire transfer.
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Unusual Bird Mask, Dan People, Liberia

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000
Oct 26, 2022
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Starting Price $2,250
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0022: Unusual Bird Mask, Dan People, Liberia
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Est. $5,000 - $7,000Starting Price $2,250
Connoisseur's Collection: African Tribal Art
Oct 26, 2022 5:30 PM EDT
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Lot 0022 Details
Description
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African Tribal Art: Dan People, Liberia: A rare anthropomorphic mask with a combination of human and bird features. Carved wood with elaborately braided fiber hair, the human-like face has a tubular eyes and a defined nose, above a fanciful curved beak and protruding, hummingbird-like tongue. The beak is studded with brass upholstery tacks. The mask has an overall black/brown patina, and it's age is estimated as 19th/20th century. It comes with a custom-made steel display stand.

Dan masks embody spirits of the forest who request (through dreams) that masks be made so they can "appear" before the people. A bird mask is considered a harbinger of good luck, and the inclusion of white (metal) on the mask reinforces that message.

Dimensions: Approx. 16H x 9W x 10D; 20.5H on stand (inches)

Provenance: Private collection.

NOTE: Please inspect the photos, which supplement the written description and show the condition of this lot.

***VIDEO: To see a 3D video of this item, copy and paste the link below into your search browser:
https://youtu.be/na9-aOlnPPo

Provenance: Private Collection, Massachusetts, Private collection, New York

Dimensions: See Description
Condition
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Good condition with evidence of use and age. <br>Note: Please inspect the photos, which supplement the written description and show the condition of this lot. <br><br>NOTE: If documentation is not listed, the lot is sold without documents.<br><br>Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to bidding. Color fidelity of photos presented is not guaranteed. Lack of a condition statement does not imply that a lot is perfect. Please examine photos, read descriptions, and contact the Gallery with any questions prior to bidding. All sales are final. Winning bidders will be sent invoices from our gallery. Credit cards are accepted for invoices under $1000. Higher amounts must be paid by e-check or wire transfer.
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