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Liberian Poro Society Mask

Lot 0342
Poro Society mask from Liberia with horn, cowry (cowrie) shells, and hair; measures approximately 31" tall; please refer to photographs for condition. The Poro, or Purrah or Purroh, is a men's secret society in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the Ivory Coast, introduced by the Mande people. It is sometimes referred to as a hunting society and only males are admitted to its ranks. The wearing of wooden masks in Poro society masquerades is a representation of the spirit world of benign and malevolent spirits.

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Liberian Poro Society Mask

Estimate $200 - $400Jun 25, 2016
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Charlottesville, VA, USA