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    Mao (or Toura) (Côte d'Ivoire)
    Face Mask
    Wood, nails, metal, hide with hair, pigment
    Height: 11 7/8 inches Width: 5 ½ inches Depth: 7 ½ inches

    This svelte version of what the Dan call gegon, the bird masquerade, has lost most of what would once have been a bushy moustache-beard of black colobus monkey fur. The hat worn with this mask is a tall tubular one with bunches of feathers coming from the top. This is a male masquerade (the literal meaning of gegon). Among the Dan, "this title makes no reference to the bird-like behavior and appearance of the masquerade, suggesting that gegon, although the most frequent of Northern Dan masquerades, was, most probably an import, borrowed from one of the neighboring peoples" (Eberhard Fischer and Hans Himmelheber. The Art of the Dan in West Africa. Zürich:Rietberg Museum, 1984, p.81). "The gegon dances like a bird that pecks on the ground" (Fischer and Himmelheber, op. cit., p.85). A chunk of wood is missing at the end of the beak and under the snout at the lower edge of the mask interior. Otherwise, the condition is very good.

    Published: William Siegmann, ed. African Masks of the West Guinea Coast, Selections from the Thomas D. Slater Collection. Purdue: Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, 2003, p.37, figs.21 and 22.

    Provenance: Thomas D. Slater, Indianapolis

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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