On offer from our personal collection is this eye-catching piece, which we believe is from the Dan/Grebo peoples of Liberia. The mask actually bears certain characteristic traits from a number of ethnic groups in the Liberia/Ivory Coast region, including the Dan, Grebo, We, & Gere.
With its red-pigmented tubular eyes & large, open & protruding mouth, the mask takes on an aggressive appearance. Kaolin has been applied to the broad nose. Rolled fabric surrounds the perimeter of the mask, with a double row of cowrie shells & raffia crowning the high-domed brow. Horns studded with additional cowrie shells frame the face, while betelnuts & a raffia beard edge the jawline. We believe the mask's function may be for use by tribal warriors for fending off opposing forces.
Despite a few imperfections in the wood, including minor scrapes & a couple small chips, this provocative mask is in very good overall condition. Good patina & an exciting display.