Passport Mask, ma-go
Early 20th Century
Previous Collection: Collected in Eastern Liberia by Franco Monti, in the 1950’s. This classic example of a Mano miniature mask called a passport mask; known to the tribes as Ma-Go. Although ‘passport’ could be considered a misnomer; there is some truth to this description; but mostly these masks were for personal protection. This example has a beautiful surface; almost chestnut brown in color with a lustrous sheen. The traditional Mano features are present; downcast eyes; a medial ridge on the forehead and downcast mouth. The quality, pedigree and age make for a fine passport mask, in excellent condition.