BASSA MASKS ARCHIVES, Liberia

The Bassa masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

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BASSA
Mask 602
11" high
SOLD

BASSA
Mask 605
7" high
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BASSA, MASKS, Liberia

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.

Masks 601, 602 and 605 have been vetted as authentic, with evidence of age and use.The other two masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

 

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