Superb and rare to find old African Bassa tribe liberia hand caved wood stick with a carved head of a young female
38.5" h by 5" d by 2.75" w
The head and face of this figure are carved in a similar manner as the better known Bassa masks called Geh-naw that dances in graceful and feminine movements to accompany the boys when they return to their village after having been initiated into the men’s society. The facial features are expressive. The elaborate braided hairstyle is an evidences that the figure represents a mature or initiate female.
carved to honor "favorite wife," or other important family member or ancestor. These figures served to honor women of good character and generous spirit