BASSA MASKS, Liberia

 

BASSA
Mask 603
10.5" high
$200



 BASSA
Mask 604
9" high
$150 

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BASSA, MASKS, Liberia

These two masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

The Bassa, neighbors to the south-west of the Dan, have been influenced artistically by them. They make masks characterized by a two planed face with semi-closed eyes and a protruding mouth. Masks like these, called Gela, would have been worn by Bassa dancers during the No men's society entertainment ceremonies.

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