This powerful and elaborate We mask was used during initiations, funerals and as an agent of social control. The mask is well carved sharing attributes of many animals with an encrusted patina, old surface pigment and applied animal furs. The mouth is exaggerated with metal teeth, the nose is broad, forehead bulging, and there are two cylindrical projections from the cheeks with coffee-bean eyes.

Origin:  Liberia
Time Period:  Early 20th c
Provenance: Ex: Paris collection
Materials:  Wood, pigment, nails, animal fur, metal teeth with custom stand
Dimensions: 14 in. high x  10 1/2 in. wide 
Condition: Good condition with loss of pigment, fur and small abrasions around mouth.
Inventory #A3511
Price: $1,600

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