Personal Miniature Mask (Ma Go)
Arts of Africa
Small, personal masks function as amulets among the Dan and neighboring cultures, linking the owner with a particular spirit force that provides assistance and protection. Normally, they are kept hidden and brought out only during special rituals. When the owner travels, he carries the mask and might occasionally show it to indicate his association with a personal guardian spirit.
Wood, organic matter, fiber or feathers
19th or 20th century
4 3/4 x 3 x 2in. (12.1 x 7.6 x 5.1cm) (show scale)
Gift of Blake Robinson
Oval human face. Protruding face with double ridge along center. Eye area at base of forehead obscured by organic matter. Ears (semi-circular) protrude at eye level. Nose slopes upward, tip 1/2" long. Down-turned mouth, protruding lips. Pointy chin. CONDITION: Overall dirt and abrasions. Possible insect damage along one edge. Fibers or feathers embedded in two places, near eyes and near one ear. Chips on rear or both ears. Two holes on edges just above ear level (one hole through, other hole clogged).
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Dan. Personal Miniature Mask (Ma Go), 19th or 20th century. Wood, organic matter, fiber or feathers, 4 3/4 x 3 x 2in. (12.1 x 7.6 x 5.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Blake Robinson, 1995.7.28. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.7.28_front_PS6.jpg)
front, 1995.7.28_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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