bird mask with short beak with teeth, narrow eye openings; curved row of small protrusions on forehead; top of head inherently rough; dark brown patina

Mask, second quarter 20th century

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The Dan often integrate bird and animal features in their face masks, including the hornbill beak visible in this and the adjacent mask. Here, rows of carved teeth line the beak. The small protrusions on the forehead represent antelope horns, which were often used as containers of protective medicines.

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2009.32
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bird mask with short beak with teeth, narrow eye openings; curved row of small protrusions on forehead; top of head inherently rough; dark brown patina