Poro Mask - Porcelain, Wood - Provenance Gaethan Schoonbroodt - Dan Gere - Liberia

Description
Poro Mask - Porcelain, Wood - Provenance Gaethan Schoonbroodt - Dan Gere - Liberia
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

provenance: Gaethan Schoonbroodt, Verviers

The Dan Gere people are more from the South. This mask is representing a creature half man half monkey, it was used exclusively for the members of the secret Poro society.
The Eyes are incrusted with porcelain, real teeth in the mouth, there are some fur remains under the beard from the moveable jaw, red Tokula powder, and an aluminium nail in the middle of the forehead..

Estimated age: End Xixth early XXth's

In 1941 George Harley notes in his papers on the Poro: “The religious significance of the Poro should be emphasized. Not only are the men supposed to meet the ancestral spirits in the sacred grove; but they conduct rites and sacrifices of a type suggesting the worship of high gods. Though these high gods do not form a pantheon as they do among the semi-Bantu of Nigeria, there is evidence that traces of them appear in the secret ritual within the Poro, perhaps visibly as masked figures” (Harley, “Notes on the Poro in Liberia”, Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Vol. XIX, No. 2, 1941, p. 4).

Height 28cm.
H= 38cm, on the custom made metal stand included in your package.

Lot details
Object
Poro Mask
Indigenous object name
Provenance Gaethan Schoonbroodt
Ethnic group/ culture
Dan Gere
Region/ country
Liberia
Material
Porcelain, Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
28×14×15 cm
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