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A Very Fine old Dan Gagon African mask

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This is a very fine old dance mask from the Dan peoples of Cote De Ivorie and Liberia, West Africa. Carved wood with deep incised linear designs around the edge of the mask and a very long exaggerated avian beak. In Dan society, dangerous immaterial forest spirits are translated into the forms of human face masks. Whether or not they are worn, such sculptures are spiritually charged. Male performers, gle-zo, experience a dream sent by the mask spirit that allows them to dance it. This example, with its bird-like beak and oval eyes is known as Ga Gon. Originally educational, historical, and regulatory, it was described as a mask of wisdom. It has progressively become mostly an entertaining mask, that appeals through its bird-like movements in performance. Measures 22 x 6.5 inches, not counting the the tall metal display stand which is included with your purchase


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A Very Fine old Dan Gagon African mask

Estimate $400 - $800Mar 11, 2017
1800 Revere Blvd
United States
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