Bu Gle mask
20 th c.
10” x 8” x 3.5 “
Carved wood , earth paints, natural fibers , cloth and metal.
the Bu Gle mask of the Warrior round, projecting eyes
mouth with metal teeth
designed to be deliberately frightening.
‘Historically, Dan society vested political leadership in a council of elders. Masks served as agents of social control, enforcing the council’s rules and orders. The masked figures were believed to be incarnate spiritual beings capable of rendering unbiased judgments. The specific functions of individual masks, once removed from their village contexts, are impossible to determine. ‘ ~ Brooklyn Museum
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