This headcrest style mask was carved in the style of the Bassa people of Liberia. The mask features face with pursed lips, carved striations throughout its coiffure and solemn eyes. It’s attached to a vegetable fiber woven base that has been covered in fabric. This piece does not come with a stand but one can be added for an additional fee. Please inquire.
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, beads, fabric
Good with minor imperfections.
About the Bassa People
“Bassa territory lies in the middle of present day Liberia. Their economy is based on rice which they cultivate around small villages which have a population of around two hundred. Bassa artistic tradition has been influenced by their north-eastern neighbours, the Dan, who live on the Ivory Coast.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.