African Bird Beak Mask SOLD A961

Perhaps Baga or Dogon, certainly West African, this mask dates approximately 1950s-70s. Human headed and bird-beaked these bird masks are avatars of intelligence, and carry a weight of meaning and infusion of spirit equal to their great power and beauty. The Baga call theirs leeks, and they are particular to household shrines, being concerned with the protection of the possessions of the living, as well as the the souls of the dead.  Rather like the Romans’ lares and penates.  12 x 8.

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