Dan Mask, Liberia
Lot 125
Dan Mask, Liberia
Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Dan Mask, Liberia
height 9 1/4in (23.5cm)
Wood, metal

John J. Klejmann, New York
Private Collection, New York

"The Gunyeya mask, also called a racing mask has a pointed face and typical large circular eyes. Its wearer is pursued by an unmasked runner and, if caught, the unmasked runner wears the mask and is, in turn, pursued. Historically, these races trained men to fight and the winner gained social recognition." (Bacquart, 1998: p 36)

The present mask is a classic example of this highly representative style and form of African art.
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