Item offered:

Haunting Dan Go Ge Mask
(Liberia)

 



Materials:
wood, vegetal fibers

Approximate dimensions:
10" H x 6" W x 3" D

Estimated age:
35+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 4-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

All sales final.


 

All items carefully packed & shipped after payment received & cleared via PayPal. Unless otherwise specified in the item description, shipping to the U.S. will generally be via USPS Priority Mail, USPS Parcel Post, or UPS. Expedited shipping upgrade is available & optional. Will ship worldwide, with international shipping rates to be determined by buyer's location. Insurance optional/additional. Seller not responsible for any damages incurred during shipping nor for any Customs-related fees for non-U.S. shipments.
Description:

From our private collection, on offer is a haunting Go Ge mask from the Dan peoples of Liberia. Worn only for funeral ceremonies of important chiefs, the Go Ge masks serve a highly specialized function in the rituals of the Dan.

Much like the Dan racer masks, this face has round, open eyes, plus characteristic protruding lips. A raised, vertical ridge highlights the brow, while incised scarifications accentuate the cheeks. Braided rope is matted to the top & sides of the mask, & hugs the chin. Fibers wound into ringlets frame the face, & a frayed-fiber beard completes the jawline. Attachment holes perforate the perimeter of the piece.

Despite imperfections in the wood, including scuffs & scrapes, & a small old chip on the back rim, the mask is in good overall condition. With its compelling features & old patina, the mask displays beautifully.
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