Title: Face mask (deangle)
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 Material Information
Title: Face mask (deangle)
Physical Description: Wood, pigment, fabric, beads, cowrie shells, metal,11 x 8 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (27.9 x 21.9 x 9.5 cm)
Creator: Dan People
 Subjects
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Liberia
 Notes
Abstract: Deangle, a masquerade performed by Dan and Mano men, appears in ceremonies for male initiation societies in which it plays the role of a nurturing and joyful maternal figure. With its slanted eyes covered by a white band of pigment, softly modeled features, tattooed forehead, and chiseled teeth, it incorporates the characteristics of ideal feminine beauty. The crown, adorned with cowries and plastic beads, recalls the beading that enhances the coiffures and bodies of women. The colors red and white relate to the powers of the spirit, or gle, embodied by the mask.
Acquisition: Museum purchase, funds provided by Michael A. Singer
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083052
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 2001.17

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