Item offered:

Bassa Geh-Naw Forehead Mask
(Liberia)

 



Materials:
wood

Approximate dimensions:
10.5" H x 6.5" W x 5" D

Estimated age:
40+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 6-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

All sales final.


 

All items carefully packed & shipped after payment received & cleared via PayPal. Unless otherwise specified in the item description, shipping to the U.S. will generally be via USPS Priority Mail, USPS Parcel Post, or UPS. Expedited shipping upgrade is available & optional. Will ship worldwide, with international shipping rates to be determined by buyer's location. Insurance optional/additional. Seller not responsible for any damages incurred during shipping nor for any Customs-related fees for non-U.S. shipments.
Description:

From our personal collection, on offer is a handsome Geh-naw forehead mask from the Bassa people of Liberia. Such masks are worn & danced during special ceremonies, including initiation rites for boys. Neighbors of the Dan, certain stylistic similarities can be seen in the masks produced by both groups, such as the high-domed forehead & protruding lips.

With its multi-cornrowed coiffure & imposing facial features, this striking mask has a strong presence. The forehead, bridge of the nose, upper cheeks, & mouth have been accented by incised, geometric patterns. Attachment holes perforate the rim of the mask.

Despite a few imperfections in the wood, including a couple of chips & fine dry age cracks, this powerful piece is in good overall condition. The characteristic jutting jawline gives the mask its dramatic, crescent-like shape, making a compelling display.
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