|Title||Bassa Mask Liberia African Art|
|Country of Origin||Liberia|
|Materials||Wood, vegetal fibers, Shells|
|Approximate Age||20th Century|
|Dimensions||Height: 23 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 7 Inches
|Overall Condition||Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.|
|Damage/Repair||Cracks, chips, general wear.|
Additional Information: The Bassa live along the coastal region of Liberia sharing many of the men’s Poro and the women’s Sande secret and initiatory societies found among their Dan and Kpelle neighbors. This mask known Geh-naw dances in graceful and feminine movements to accompany boys when they return to their village after having been initiated into the men’s society. It will also appear during holidays and to honor important visitors to the village. The mask is worn on the face or forehead and the body is covered by a cloth costume. Sometimes a wicker basket is attached to the back of the mask.
This is a finely carved and elaborate example of the Geh-naw mask with elaborate hairstyling, facial features with wonderfully undercut eyes that are slightly closed. It is a classic example of this type rarely available today. It is a fine sculpture and wold be a valuable addition to a collection.