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Passport Mask

Bassa, Liberia
Early 20th Century

PROVENANCE: Oscar Agard Collection, Newark, NJ. Acquired in the 1970’s, then by descent.

Passport masks are often small renditions of larger masks that can harness power from an ancestor spirit. These smaller masks can fit into the palm of a hand and are carried on the person in order for the carrier to benefit from its protective powers.

Passport Mask

Bassa, Liberia
Early 20th Century

PROVENANCE: Oscar Agard Collection, Newark, NJ. Acquired in the 1970’s, then by descent.

Passport masks are often small renditions of larger masks that can harness power from an ancestor spirit. These smaller masks can fit into the palm of a hand and are carried on the person in order for the carrier to benefit from its protective powers.