Dan masks are traditionally considered to be the visible manifestations of forest spirits and take a variety of forms, each with its own costume, paraphernalia, music, and dance. Gegon, “male mask, ” can be identified by its narrow eyes and beaklike nose. Though today a gegon usually appears in an entertainment, it also has been associated with education and the transmission of both history and values.
Dan peoples, Liberia/Côte d’Ivoire
First half of the 20th century
H. 14 ¼ in. (36.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.136.2