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Masquerades Among the Dan People

by William Siegmann (1943 - 2011)
Formerly The Brooklyn Museum

Deangle mask (sohn), Dan artist, Liberia. February 1986. Photo by William Siegmann.

The tall conical hat worn by this deangle is called a sohn and announces to the audience that this mask is an entertainer and most particularly a dancer. The mask is also a jokester, however, and frequently comes out on solemn occasions to lighten and enliven the atmosphere.