A typical bassa mask from the Ivory Coast with a protruding pointed chin and openwork protruding mouth with full lips and large flattened nose with pronounced nostrils, covered with ornamental scarification, openwork dash-shaped eye slits, typical protruding cheekbones, an accentuated forehead with an ornamental band of triangles and dashes, semicircular protruding ears with inset circle, further scarification marks on forehead, temples, cheeks, at the corners of the mouth and along the headdress, pierced at the rim for attachment, brown surface showing signs of age and ritual use.
The Bassa are part of the Poro society and have been integrated into this society by the neighbouring Dei and Kpelle and thus also practice the “Gree-Gree bush culture”, in which young members of an initiation society are introduced to social and spiritual content.
With graceful, gliding movements, the dancers with the geh-naw entertain the audience on ceremonial occasions, such as when important guests visit the village or when the young initiates return to the village from the gree-gree bush camps.
The geh-naw (also called gela) is the name of the headdress worn by the dancers during the entertainment of the elders and consists of a wooden mask and cloth.
The headdress is also worn by members of the main male society of the Bassa, the No.(u.Hu.)
500 – 600,- Euro
Height: 32 cm
Weight: 570 g (without stand)