early 1900s, before 1933–37
Wood, copper alloy, plant fiber, cloth, rawhide or leather, teeth, seeds, resin, synthetic material, iron, and glass beads
Overall: 28 x 15.2 cm (11 x 6 in.)
The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund 1953.457
The jaw of this mask is hinged, allowing it to open and close.
Generally, Mano masks are considered to be manifestations of forest spirits and can be grouped into 11 major types relating to aspects of social control, political and judicial matters, peacemaking, education, competition, and entertainment. This mask was acquired in Liberia by the medical missionary George Harley between 1933 and 1937.
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