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Old passport mask - Metal, Wood - DAN / BASSA - Guinea

Lot reference 30911267
Old passport mask - Metal, Wood - DAN / BASSA - Guinea

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1st half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Old passport mask
Ethnic group/ culture: DAN / BASSA
Region/ country: Guinea
Material: Metal, Wood
Period: 1st half 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 80×35×20 mm

DAN/BASSA Passport Masks from Liberia are very rare, but those from Guinea are even rarer.
This authentic, ancient mask stands out by its magnificent patina with many details.
The forehead is crossed by thin lines, whereas little dots enhance the face. The nose scarifications associate it to the Bassa people.
Masks from this ethnic group have a very characteristic form, with a pointy chin.

Miniature masks, also named “passport masks”, are carved to welcome ancestral spirits.
Their main function consisted in protecting the carrier, especially against witchcraft.
These are also used as identity cards.

Sold with its personalised professional stand.
Dimensions: 30 cm.

Purchased in a gallery specialised in African arts, from a former collection of passport masks.

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    PmcHoll8 December 30, 2019

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    SUPERBE pièce ! Bien emballer, arriver dans 2 jours. Vendeur de classe.
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    Oggetto come descritto, imballaggio e tempi di spedizione adeguato. Venditore cortese. Raccomandato.
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    oresid September 22, 2019

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    tout est bien, bonne protection pour le colis
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    pat78000 July 5, 2019

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