|Dimensions||35.8 × 17.5 cm|
Dan-Kran (also Dan-Ngere or Dan-Wé)
Masked dancers wearing chimpanzee masks, hook sticks and voluminous full-body costumes have turned up at the Dankeran Village Dance Festival to provoke and “heat” audiences with wild jumps and vulgar jokes.
The chimpanzee mask offered here is made of light balsa wood and dyed black. It shows the typical form of these “Kagle masks”: a protruding, semicircular and flat forehead with a diagonal line at the edge and deep-set slit eyes below (here each has three holes for the previous metal frame), a broad nose between prominent cheekbones on either side, a large, open mouth with wide, pouting lips. Distinguishing features of this particular object are the three holes below the eyes, which were used for an early metal profile (now lost), the original white embossed band on the bridge of the nose, the red tongue with the open mouth, and the embossed band on the inside of the thick lips . There are also embossed decorations on the outside of the cheeks.
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