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.