DAN GAGON MASKS ARCHIVES, Ivory Coast and Liberia


The masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For UNSOLD Dan Gagon masks GO TO DAN GAGON MASK PAGE

 

DAN
Gagon
Mask 471
SOLD

 

DAN
Gagon
Mask 473
SOLD
 

  

DAN
Gagon
Mask 475
SOLD
 

  DAN
Gagon
Mask 478
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DAN, GAGON MASKS, Liberia and Ivory Coast

There are regional variations among the masks of the Dan people who live in the western part of Ivory Coast and eastern Liberia but they are generally characterized by a concave face, a pointed chin, a protruding mouth, an upturned nose and a high-domed forehead.

Now used principally in performance for tourists, the various masks had traditional functions ranging from entertainment to initiation to social control.

We recommend an excellent chapter on the masks of the Dan people, including the various styles and their functions, in The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

GAGON MASKS

Masks with a large beak-like form and beard of monkey fur, often with a moveable lower jaw, are Gagon masks. Originally an educational mask instructing people on the importance of the hornbill bird to their culture, they are now used mostly for entertainment.

GO TO DAN GAGON MASK PAGE

GO TO DAN ART PAGE

GO TO MASKS OF THE DAN EXHIBITION PAGE

GO TO DAN MASKS PAGE

GO TO DAN MASKS 3 PAGE

GO TO DAN METAL MASKS PAGE

GO TO DAN MASKS AND HEADDRESSES PAGE

GO TO DAN MASKS ARCHIVES PAGE

GO TO AFRICAN MASKS PAGE

GO TO NEW ADDITIONS PAGE

HOMEPAGE

 Index by
TRIBE

 Index by
OBJECT

CONTACT US