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Known as a ‘Bagle’ Mask
Holes remain on the chin for the attachment of a vegetal fibre beard
Old smooth polished black and brown patina
Early 20th Century
Size: 23cm high, 16cm wide – 9 ins high, 6¼ ins wide
Ex South American collection
Each facemask had its own name which alluded to its specific nature or powers and its own ‘porter’ a man who performed wearing it. At his death the mask passed onto another member of his family who had been indicated by spirit inspired signs. There existed a strict rule that the human ‘porter’ must never identify himself as the mask wearer or utter a public statement on his relationship to a mask, in order to protect his public persona from that of the mask’s spirit owner and lineage. All performance masks belonged to the members of a lineage, not the individual wearer, and the lineage elders supervised all performances.