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Passport Mask

Dan Tribe, Liberia
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: Collected in Liberia in 1950 by Alta Jablow, professor of anthropology at Brooklyn College. By descent to her daughter.

Traditionally known as Ma-Go, this mask is a superb and very old example. Its face is minimal in conception. There is a medial ridge that traverses down the forehead, connecting to the bridge of the nose. The ridge is intersected by the thinly carved eyes. The mouth is raised and square in shape. This example is carved with very hard wood and has a wonderful rich blackened patina. The numerous piercings found on the sides of the mask are extremely well worn; attesting to the decades of use and handling.

Passport Mask

Dan Tribe, Liberia
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: Collected in Liberia in 1950 by Alta Jablow, professor of anthropology at Brooklyn College. By descent to her daughter.

Traditionally known as Ma-Go, this mask is a superb and very old example. Its face is minimal in conception. There is a medial ridge that traverses down the forehead, connecting to the bridge of the nose. The ridge is intersected by the thinly carved eyes. The mouth is raised and square in shape. This example is carved with very hard wood and has a wonderful rich blackened patina. The numerous piercings found on the sides of the mask are extremely well worn; attesting to the decades of use and handling.