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15 inch Original Dan Bird Mask from Ivory Coast

Large Dan Bird Mask Ivory Coast

  • 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. 

    With bird-like beak and oval eyes it is known as Ge Gon.  It was a mask of wisdom. It has progressively become mostly an entertaining mask,  that appeals through its bird-like movements in performance.

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