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Face Mask (Gegon)

26 1/8 x 6 x 7 3/4 in. (66.4 x 15.2 x 19.7 cm)

Unknown, Dan
Ivoirian

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood, raffia fiber
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1969.69
Location: Currently on view
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Gegon is the bird masquerade; the dancer wears a tall cylindrical hat covered with feathers and mimes the pecking or flying movements of birds. In Dan mythology the toucan bird was the first being created and the bringer of oil palm, an important food source for the Dan.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Afrantique Arts, Wyckoff, NJ; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1969

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