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Bassa Mask (N° 22818)
Protruding forehead marked with a rib joining the nasal bridge, flat and horizontal eyelids, incised, and fine intersecting teeth on full lips. The gaze is punctuated by a series of small perforations. This is a variant of the African mask named Gela, Geh-Naw, from the Bassa group in Liberia.
Old speckled patina.
The Bassa group of Liberia is established on the coastal region, more particularly around Grand-Bassa. Its culture and its artistic production have been influenced by the Dan and the neighboring Kpellé, who speak the Mandé language. The Bassa have female and male initiation societies, including the chu-den-zo which gave birth to this type of sculptural creation. The geh-naw mask, or gela, was worn on the dancer's forehead, attached to a wicker frame, accompanied by fabrics concealing the wearer, and evolved into a graceful dance to mark the end of the initiation of young boys. Wearing this mask is nowadays associated with welcoming ceremonies for distinguished visitors.
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|Origin||Coll. particulière française G.|
|Material(s)||wood, corne ou os|
|Estimated dating||mid xxe|
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