Dan Kran mask - SOLD OUT

A wooden mask with exaggerated and grotesque features. The forehead is dome shaped above eye holes in the shape of inverted triangles. The cheeks are two semi-circular wings to the side and the nose is large and hooked with flared nostrils. The mouth projects forward and is open with fleshy lips. The sides of the mask are pierced for the attachment of a separate raffia beard.


The Dan Kran are a related people of the Dan who live in the southern part of Dan territory. They create masks that are geometric and powerful in features, breaking down the face into separate components. These masks are known as Kagle, and are used in dances which are characterised by their aggressive movements, full body costume and hooked sticks. Kagle is known as a troublemaker and he represents the brutal force of nature within the bush and the animals and spirits that live there. 

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
26 x 13 cm
Ethnic group
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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