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Passport Mask, ma go

Loma, Liberia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Collected in the 1950’s by Franco Monti, Milan

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. Passport masks created by the Loma are very rare to find.  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, and attests to the numerous ritual offerings and libations it received to enhance its power and effectiveness.

Passport Mask, ma go

Loma, Liberia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Collected in the 1950’s by Franco Monti, Milan

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. Passport masks created by the Loma are very rare to find.  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, and attests to the numerous ritual offerings and libations it received to enhance its power and effectiveness.

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