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MINIATURE MASKS & FIGURES

Collector's Corner

Bassa Head

AFRICAN BASSA & DAN PASSPORT MASKS

Passport Masks

Miniature passport masks played an important role in many cultures in the Ivory Coast and Liberia. Miniature Dan and Bassa masks were used as powerful charms for personal well-being and protection against harm. These masks replicated the forms of face masks that were worn by performers on public occasions. Hand-sized masks were kept hidden in private altars where ritual sacrifices were made for protection during forest work, travel or to counter witchcraft. In travel, these passport masks were carried wrapped under garments and displayed to other communities to identify him as a mask porter or member of an important lineage. The mask was also displayed at secret society initiations for aspiring members to pay homage.

Collector's Corner

Connoisseurs and collectors will appreciate this special selection of unusual objects. Keep watching as we add miniature masks and figures from Fiedler's personal collection.

Bassa
BASSA PASSPORT MASK
Bassa passport
BASSA PASSPORT MASK
robert fiedler
BASSA PASSPORT MASK
passport mask
BASSA PASSPORT MASK
miniature mask
BASSA PASSPORT MASK
bassa
BASSA PASSPORT MASK
Dan miniature mask
DAN PASSPORT MASK
dan mask
DAN PASSPORT MASK
IBassa Passport
BASSA PASSPORT MASK
Lega Figure
LEGA BONE FIGURE