Q: Mask itself is 13.5 x 8 x 4.5″ and came from an estate. The person purchased the mask in mid 1970’s from what appears to be a good quality dealer, based on the paperwork I also found. Thanks, Bob! Alan, 884
A: This is a rarity– a West African mask with no mouth. Exactly what culture it is from and what it is for, I have no idea. From the headdress down, all of the features remind me of different tribes, but from below the nose there is nothing. I hope one of the African art collectors will make a guess. This is something special, even if it turns out to be just an unusual tourist piece.
This looks a lot like 2 masks that are on eBay right now.
Both are said to be Ge Gon Dan masks from the Ivory Coast.
Thanks for your comment and the links. But let’s remember that Ge Gon means a bird mask with a very obvious beak. This mask has a human jaw with no sign of a mouth.
It’s an Ibibio mask, possibly Ekpo society.
The mouth is the pointed ‘beak’.
I apologize for the goof. If you look very closely you can that Eric is right about the long beak. Either Alan failed to send in a side view or I missed it. Thanks, Eric, for clearing this up.