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Region: Ivory Coast / Liberia
The masking tradition is widespread in Liberia. The Dan in Liberia, like their neighbours the Bete, Bassa, We and Grebo, some of whom also live in the Ivory Coast, use various types of masks for different social events. The Dan farmers in northeastern Liberia and western Ivory Coast are known for two types of fine face masks.
One, the deangle with slit eyes and a downward gaze, represents a female spirit which collects food for the boys in their initiation camp. The other, the tangagle in the Ivory Coast represents a male spirit, with large open round eyes, featured in competitions with maskless dancers.
Dimensions: 26x17x13cm/ 21x15x13cm