This finely carved Bassa mask harnessed power from an ancestor spirit and was danced during boy’s initiations and for entertainment. The mask has a concave profile with downturned eyes, jutting chin and an elaborate coiffure of braids. Bassa masks were attached to a large woven headdress that concealed the dancer by fully covering his head and shoulders.

Origin: Liberia
Time Period: Mid 20th c
Provenance: From a California collection
Materials:  Wood and pigment with a custom stand
Dimensions:  6 1/2 in. high x  3 5/8  in. wide 
Condition: Mask in very good condition with some abrasions
Inventory #A3641
Price: $695

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