Ma Go

Dan, Liberia
Early 20th Century
Previous Collection: Stephan Hamilton Glantz, acquired 1965-84 to present owner by decent.

This small mask with extension under the chin represents the "Kedie"; a handheld judgment piece used in ceremonies by an important member or elder. Usually a mask or figural bust will be on top of the handle; in this case the Ma go is most likely a representation of the Kedie; possibly a smaller version of an actual Kedie kept by its owner; very similar to masks that have miniature versions made in order to protect its owner.

This Mask stands 3" tall.
IN 5-7-13/ SOLD