Miniature Mask
Dan, Liberia
Early 20th Century
Previous Collection: Collected in Eastern Liberia by Hayden Walling 1952-54

This passport mask ( Ma-go ) is noteworthy for its strong features and its exceptional surface patina. This maskette shows great handling with the highpoints softly worn down. There is an encrusted surface from personal libations and this example has brass tacs inserted into the forehead; 2 are missing; I do not belive the insertion of tacks is simply for aesthetics I believe it has a relation to power and strength. Important to note the back is extremely concave this acccentuates the progathic mouth and in profile makes for a fabulous form.

This mask stands 3 inches tall
IN 10-14-12/ SOLD