Miniature (Passport) Mask - Lega people, D.R. Congo (LS65)
Title: Miniature (Passport) Mask
Country: D.R. Congo
Description: The best known tradition of using
miniature masks were by the Dan people of
Liberia & the Ivory Coast. These small masks are
sometimes called "Passport" masks due to their
use as identification. They are often sewn onto a
piece of cloth & carried on the person in a pouch.
They are miniature copies of family masks and
enable the carrier to retain contact with the spirit
embodied in the parent mask.The masks are used
to invoke benevolent spirits during secret society
meetings. They also demand offerings from initiates
during initiation ceremonies such as libations. In
addition to warding off evil, the miniature masks also
serve as witnesses during initiation ceremonies.
Ex James Schmidt Collection
Included is a custom-built metal stand.
Dimensions: 5 3/4" height x 2 3/4" width x 1 1/4" depth
Mask on stand dimensions: 10" height x 2 3/4" width x 1 1/4" depth