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Early 20th C. African Wood Dan Passport Maskettes

Western Africa, Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire, Dan peoples, ca. early to mid-20th century. A pair of wooden passport masks, carried by people in Western Africa as miniature copies of a mask worn during performances. Each is made of dark wood and in characteristic style, the eye area is sunken while the forehead and chin thrust outwards. They were either sewn onto a piece of cloth and kept in a leather pouch, worn on the small of the back, or worn on the arm or neck to act as an amulet. They are called "passport masks" because they are worn by people when travelling. Size: 1.75" W x 2.9" H (4.4 cm x 7.4 cm)

Condition: Inactive insect damage on both faces, below the eye on the smaller and around the eye (as shown) on the larger. With other surface wear commensurate with age.

Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970

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