Superb Dan Mask Deangle with Elongated Face Liberia Africa 12" H by 7" w by 4.5" d
classic Dan mask with an elongated lozenge face characterized by pointed cheeks, a large mouth, a strong nose, a rounded head.
This mask is called Deangle or Tangle. Thought to portray a female, it dances in a style thought to be feminine, with gliding steps and graceful movements. Deangle dances for all to see as "she" entertains and instructs the village in peaceful pursuits. Each Deangle mask reflects the skill of the artist and taste of the patron, and while local variations occur, there are long established criteria for Deangle that reflect a continuum in Dan cultural aesthetic and styles. The face is surrounded by holes , which had used to attach a complex costume designed to enhance her appearance and to complete the mask.