Masquerades Among the Dan People
by William Siegmann (1943 - 2011)
Formerly The Brooklyn Museum
Masks are the most important art form in Dan culture. They are relatively numerous and every village has several. Even when the face portions are similar the masked spirits they represent have very distinct personalities and roles in the community. Conversely, masks with similar functions may have very different appearances. The two masks on the left are examples of a type called kagle. They perform in a similar pattern and have similar costumes but have very different facial features. The mask on the left is a deangle.