Toma Tribe, Ivory Coast
Height : 9,5 cm Age : End of 20th century or older
wood, sacrificial substances
Small passport masks MA are seen in various tribes from Western and Central Africa. Form shape perspective they are small versions of traditional masks worn during dancing ceremonies. Passport mask is personal thing of initiated adult man. It describes the level of consecration in secret society and its members use masks as their IDs during the meetings. Small masks have also protective function and they are worn in leather pockets. They can be also part of home shrine where they are worshipped and undergo baths ceremonies consisting of various victims and magical substances.
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