Miniature (Passport) Mask - Lega people, D.R. Congo - Sold
Miniature (Passport) Mask - Lega people, D.R. Congo - Sold
Miniature (Passport) Mask - Lega people, D.R. Congo - Sold 1
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Miniature (Passport) Mask - Lega people, D.R. Congo - Sold

Title: Miniature (Passport) Mask
Material: Wood
People: Lega
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. This particular mask has been carved with a long nose, framing its bulging eyes; creating a rather exaggerated, fun expression. Hanging from its base is a mane of grass strands.
Included is a custom-built metal stand.
Dimensions: 9" height x 4 1/2" width x 2 3/4" depth Stand dimensions: 7" height x 2 3/4" width x 2 3/4" depth Mask on stand dimensions: 10 1/2" height x 4 1/2" width x 2 3/4" depth
Note: When the mask is taken off the stand and hanging on a wall, the total height including the length of the hair, measures approx. 14"
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