Beaked Mask - Dan, Ivory Coast/Liberia (Please inquire for price)
Beaked Mask - Dan, Ivory Coast/Liberia (Please inquire for price)
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Beaked Mask - Dan, Ivory Coast/Liberia (Please inquire for price)

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"

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