The beaked mask pays homage to the hornbill, a bird
of enormous symbolic importance throughout most of
Africa.The Dan people have dynamic masking assoc
iations known as the Poro society that initiate young
boys and regulate society. The Poro society is in charge
of the initiation of young boys. This includes military
training and ends with feasting. The dancers in the secret
ceremonies are masked to hide their identities. Poro masks
are divided into 2 categories; Male and female. Whereas
the female masks appear to entertain, male masks exercise
social control, punishing wrongdoers, settling disputes,
declaring wars and proclaiming peace. These masks are
meant to instill fear through their appearance combining
human & animal features with aggressive behavior.
13" x 6"