PASSPORT MASKS ARCHIVES

The masks below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.
For UNSOLD passport masks GO TO AFRICAN PASSPORT MASKS PAGE

MBACKA
Passport Mask 1
7" high
SOLD

BASSA
Passport Mask 605
7" high
SOLD

WE / GUERE
Passport Mask 1
3.5" high
SOLD

LEGA
Passport Mask 30
6" high
SOLD


BASSA
Passport Mask 601
8" high
SOLD

The passport masks above were vetted as authentic with signs of use and age.


The passport-style masks below were judged to have been made for the art market.

IGBO
Passport Mask 1
6.5" high
SOLD

BAMANA
Passport Mask 2
8" high
SOLD

LWALWA
Passport Mask 1
6.5" high
SOLD

TOMA
Passport Mask 5
4.5 - 9.5" high
SOLD

BOBO
Passport Mask 1
6" high
SOLD

BAMANA
Passport Mask 1
8.75" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Passport Mask 1
6" high
SOLD

TOMA
Passport Mask 6
7" high
SOLD


HEMBA
Passport Masks
4.25" - 5.5" high
ALL SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MINIATURE MASKS, West and Central Africa

The best known tradition of using miniature masks were by the Dan people of Liberia and the Ivory Coast.

The Dan people carried small masks (less than 20 cm high) which are sometimes called "passport" masks. They are sewn onto a piece of cloth and kept in a leather pouch and possibly worn in the small of the back. They are miniature copies of a family mask and sometimes received libations. These apotropaic masks also act as witnesses during initiation ceremonies.

-----From The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

Please note the sizes carefully. Photographs of small objects can make them appear much larger than they are.

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