Africa

African mask missing its jaw

Q:   Here are three pictures of a partial mask, as the lower part is missing.  We paid $15 dollars for it, and assume it is a tourist knockoff, but it looks interesting.  Fred, 1487

A:   I like the mask too.  It might even be real. Hard to think they would make a carving for tourists that is missing its reticulated jaw. Masks like this are made by the Dan, Kran and Guere people in Liberia and Ivory Coast. Look it up on Google images and you can learn more. I must now leave for a week-long trip.  B

Correction:  I think I was too fast on this one. It is Ibibio from further west in Nigeria. Once again Eric is right.

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