The border between Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Liberia cuts across several ethnic groups, including the Dan.
All spirit masks are described as ge by the northern Dan and as gle by the southern & western Dan (meaning ‘mysterious being’ or spirit).
The deangle masquerade is associated with the circumcision camp in that the deangle masquerade leaves the circumcision camp and goes into the village to ask the women for food for the men and boys secluded in the circumcision camp.
Through graceful movements, it personifies a nurturing female spirit who provides food for boys living away from home in initiation camps, but is performed only by men.
It served in a peacemaking function and generally created harmony in the community
as it represents a female forest spirit, with its oval face, slit eyes, full lips, and smooth surface suggesting an ideal of beauty.
The Dan, who number approximately
350,000, live inland & also in the Ivory
Coast. The Deangle dancer is gentle &
graceful representing the idealized Dan
form of beauty. Deangle's function is to
teach, entertain, and nurture; in other
words it supports peaceful activities in
the village. The Deangle
entertains & teaches by singing accounts
of history & by dancing and teaching
Height: 8 ¾”
Width: 5 ¾”
Depth: 2 ⅞”
Height with fiber: 10”
Ex Leonard Kahan Gallery in New York, and ex. McConnell Collection.