Lot: 109

Beak mask "ge gon" ("gägon")

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Provenance Size Hammer price
Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands (Inv.no. B.216-18.)
Henk Buttner, The Netherlands
Piet Lepelaar, Leiden, The Netherlands
H: 8.1 inch 3000 EUR

wood, metal, base

In earlier times this masked figure was supposed to teach the villagers about the significance of the hornbill, which is believed to have been the first being once created by "Zla", the creator god of the Dan.

In the course of time, "ge gon" became a pure entertainment mask that captivates with its bird-like movements during performances.


Exhibited:

Leiden, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, 1980-1995

ADHRC: 0183366