This intriguing Dan mask with narrow eyes and animal fur is known as yi loa glu meaning cold water spirit. The Dan mask is left on the doorstep of the dancer and when he wears the mask, people throw cold water in his face.  Villagers then offer him food and pray for his success. Cold water is a token of good faith and luck

Origin: Liberia
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance:  From a California collection
Materials:  Wood, animal hide, fur and nails with custom base
Dimensions: 7 1/2 in. high x 3 1/8 in. wide
Condition: Mask in good condition with loss of fur, abrasions to nose and loss to wood on left forehead and side
Inventory #A3406
Price: $700

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