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, brown wood and displays a visible, fairly old usage patina. (with minor age-related damage) both on the front and on the back! 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. The entire face is outlined with scarification marks.
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.
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Ivory Coast
- 1st half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 22×12×8 cm