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Akim African Passport Mask - 4"x 4"x 3"


Mask dimension: 4"x 4"x 3"

Material: Clay, paint

Origin: Cameroon

Stand sold separately.

Can be mounted on the wall too.


Passport African Mask 

Before colonialism, Passport African Masks were used by people in West and Central Africa, principally in Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo. These little masks were used as an identity card/passport to travel between villages or outside the country borders. Passport masks were a representation of the individual who wears it based on his social status, profession, and maturity. Masks color and design also had their meaning. In a general rule, the more colorful the mask, the younger was the carrier. Colorful masks were worn by young apprentices. Color lessens with maturity, social status, and skills. Monocolor masks were mostly those of counselors or masters. 

Examples of Passport Masks: Healers, Hunters, Masons, Fishermen, Blacksmiths, Cultivators, Pastors, Notables, Storytellers, Griots, Musicians, Wrestlers, Dancers, Sculptors, Painters, Potters, Weavers, Visionaries, Goddess of Beauty, Sage...


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