A Dan mask, Ivory Coast, a mask type with a long beak carved out from the same piece, called ‘Gegon’, depicts a stylized hornbill, carved in hardwood.
Masked dancers who perform with masks such as the present one wear a full-body costume made of fabric and plant fibers, as well as a helmet-like crest embellished with a décor of cowries and feathers on their head. The mask figure known as ‘Gegon’ dances for entertainment in the villages of the northern Dan or plays the role of a guardian in the initiation camps in the ‘bush’. The present ‘Gegon’ beak mask has remnants of encrusted sacrifications, in particular on the top and on the cheeks.
500 – 600,- Euro
Height: 47 cm
Weight: 570 g