Not all masks are made to be worn on the face.  Dan carried small masks - masquettes (ma go). They were sewn onto a piece of cloth and kept in a leather pouch and even worn at the back. These masquettes embody protective spirits. Sometimes they are used as a sacred object for oath taking and making sacrifices. They are usually small copies (less than 8") of full-sized masks whose spirit may be contacted by manipulating the the small mask The "passport" masks may also act as witnesses during initiation ceremonies and protect the owner when he is away from home.

Featured item: Dan Passport Mask SKU: #13D8M357

Written by Vera Raskin — December 31, 2013

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