AFRICAN BASSA & DAN 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.
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.