(LIBERIA, WESTERN AFRICA)
Northern Dan groups use a distinctive mask that has a very large, long nose or beak edged with fur as the chief character in an entertainment masquerade. The dancer makes exaggerated gestures eliciting laughter from his audience. The masquerade, and, by extension, the mask, is always called gegon, which means simply "male masquerade," although the mask itself is always thought of as representing a bird, despite the presence of fur and the fact that the protrusion decorated by the fur sometimes resembles a human nose more than a bird beak, and fur has nothing to do with birds.
It may be that the gegon masquerade and mask are imports from southern Dan groups that do have a large-billed hornbill as a central character in a masquerade because the bird is an important figure in a Dan creation myth. Over long use, this tradition seems to have become garbled in the northern groups that use this distinctive fur-trimmed beak or nose, and the accompanying masquerade has become a comic entertainment one.
Height: 13 inches Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500.
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