Mask - Wood - Dan - Ivory Coast

Mask - Wood - Dan - Ivory Coast
1st half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Gägon Beak Mask. This type of mask of the Dan people, called ‘Gägon', represents a mythical hornbill. The mask, worn by men in full body costumes, represents the guardian in a bush camp of the young initiates, or it dances in the villages for entertainment purposes.The present mask is made of hard wood dyed black and displaying a visible, fairly old usage patina both on the front and on the back and with an old age crack on the left. A ‘beard’ made of monkey skin (of the black-and-white colobus monkey) is attached to the underside of the long, powerful ‘beak’ and glued to its edge by means of black tree resin.Remains of an earlier outline with metal are detectable near the small, almond-shaped eyes.

Dated to the second quarter of the 20th century.

This item comes with a signed and stamped certificate confirming its authenticity. All our lots are appraised and checked by Jos Humblet. Mr. Humblet (°1954, Brussels) graduated in 1978 as Master of Art at St. Lukas in Brussels. From 1978 until 1993 he worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he specialised in formal analysis of works of art. Mr. Humblet started collecting tribal art in 1980 and became a dealer in 1995, specialising in art from Kongo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.

All items are packed with the utmost care and shipped insured with DHL Express.

Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Ivory Coast
1st half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
45×15×13 cm
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