Lot: 183

87th Tribal Art Auction

Mask "geh naw"

Liberia, Bassa

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Ralf Lüders, Stuttgart, Germany
Ketterer, Munich, 12 December 1987, lot 59
H: 8.7 inch 2500 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, brown patina, kaolin, concave vaulted facial plane with pointed chin, protruding mouth with separately carved teeth, elaborate coiffure in several lobes, metal earrings, rep. (metal clamp at the back), missing parts through insetc caused damage, cracks


Dorsinville R. and Meneghini M., The Bassa Mask a stranger in the house, in: Ethnologische Zeitschrift Zürich, 1, Bern, 1973:38, ill. 33