Large Dan Bird Mask Ivory Coast
The border between Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia cuts across several ethnic groups, including the Dan, Wee, Kran, and Grebo. 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.
These examples, with bird-like beak and oval eyes is known as Ge Gon. Originally educational, historical, and regulartory, 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.
This mask 16inches tall by 6 inches wide