Mask (in the form of a baboon face)Artist(s)DanObject Creation Datecirca 1950Medium & Supportwood, monkey hair, iron and clothDimensions
13 3/4 in x 5 15/16 in x 5 15/16 in (35 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm)Credit LineGift of Allen Roberts in memory of Sidney H. RobertsLabel copy
This mask represents a nature spirit who wishes to participate in the human world. By doing so, the spirit gives social prestige to the owner of the mask. Spirits have different responsibilities; this one, named Gägon, maintained social control and community order.Primary Object Classification Wood and Woodcarving Primary Object TypemaskCollection AreaAfricanRights
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