Passport Mask
Dan, Liberia
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Franco Monti, Collected in 1950’s.

The Dan excel at creating passport 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 example’s rich encrusted patina makes it all the more intriguing. Hints of an elaborate coiffure are still present just above the brow. The facial expressions, sunken eyes, broad nose, and pointed chin are just distinguishable and create a sense of wonder and mystery.

Height: 2.75 inches
IN 10-14-16 / SOLD


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