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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

African Masks

African Masks

We have a unique selection of authentic African Masks.

Passport masks on a stand, mini cowrie shell and beaded masks, small Masai Warrior masks, kissing and animal masks.

Original hand-crafted designs that you are sure to love for many years to come.

Miniature masks often called ‘passport’ or ‘Ma’ masks are found among the various peoples of Liberia and Ivory Coast, including the Dan, Yacuba, Gio, Wenion (We, Guere), Geh, Loma, Konor, and Bete.

Sharing a wide variety of uses they are the personal masks of initiated adult men and would be carried on their person or kept on personal shrines in the home. They serve to mark the passage of an initiate into the men's secret society and his elevation into the higher ranks. The small masks may be presented at meetings of senior members of the men's society to indicate their right to be present and participate in the deliberations.

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