Extremely rare and old Dan - Toura Mask.
Cote d'Ivoire - Ivory Coast Circa 1920/1930
In Africa, villages were under authority of a chief and a council of elders, and this kind of mask called Nyoma Wum was only worn by the chief or the authority holder.
Belonged to the Dan group, Toura was a small ethnic tribe living in the mountains of Guinea in the NW of Ivory coast (Cote d'Ivoire). The red fabric is a piece of Senegalese Tirailleur pants.
This kind of mask is definitely hard to find and is seen predominantly in museums as in Dakar, Senegal or Naprstek, Prague.
Provenance: Soubies Collection, France.
Price : On Hold
Materials / Techniques: Wood, Aluminum, Fabric, Hair
Condition: Original Condition. Beautiful Patina, some damages on the fabric and some marks on the aluminum, rusty nails.
H.19" x W.7"1/4 x D.3"1/4 with the beard
H. 9" x W.7"1/4 x D.3"1/4 without the beard