Lot: 186

85th Tribal Art Auction

Mask "gägon"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Walter Kaiser, Stuttgart, Germany
Helmut Zake, Heidelberg, Germany
H: 10.6 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, matt black patina, encrusted in some areas, eyes with silver metal framing, projecting beak abundantly coated with black and grey animal hair (ape), dam. (forehead), missing parts and crack backside at the rim, rep., lower jaw missing, abrasion of paint; according to Hans Himmelheber this mask type appeared on sunday mornings for entertainment of the village people, sometimes accompanied by small orchestras, moving and dancing in the midst of the people. In former times the mask type surely had educational purposes with its songs and sayings but nowadays it is used for entertainment only.


Homberger, Lorenz, Masken der Wè und Dan, Elfenbeinküste, Zürich 1997, p. 78