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Passport Mask, ma-go

Loma, Liberia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Old American collection

The tribes of Liberia excel at creating miniature masks and produce more than any other culture in West Africa.  The variety in form and expression is extensive. These miniature personal masks replicate the forms of masks used in powerful ceremonies and dances.  They protect the owner and are generally carried on the person. This examples rich encrusted patina makes it all the more intriguing.

Passport Mask, ma-go

Loma, Liberia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Old American collection

The tribes of Liberia excel at creating miniature masks and produce more than any other culture in West Africa.  The variety in form and expression is extensive. These miniature personal masks replicate the forms of masks used in powerful ceremonies and dances.  They protect the owner and are generally carried on the person. This examples rich encrusted patina makes it all the more intriguing.