- Label Text
- The Bassa mask is the senior entertainment mask of the men's No association. When danced it emphasizes desirable traits for women to emulate. Although smaller than life size, the wood mask was attached to an open basketlike construction that was concealed as part of a larger costume that fully covered the dancer's face.
- Wood mask in a concave oval shape with pointed chin, incised row hairstyle with three nails, white pigment around the eyes and circular designs on the forehead and cheeks. Two teeth (one ivory replacement) are visible in the protruding mouth and traces of red pigment are visible in the mouth.
- Mario Meneghini, acquired in Liberia, 1969 to 1988
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Bassa artist
- Early to mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase
- Wood, pigment, tooth, nails
- H x W x D: 23.8 x 14.9 x 9.5 cm (9 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 3/4 in.)