A classic example of the mask used to announce the funerals and related ceremonies of respected chiefs in the village. There is an overall crackled effect to the darkened, organic material-based surface. The subtle realism and use of non-European pigment indicates the great age of this hard wood mask. From Liberia, West Africa, late 19th century or very early 20th century. 9 5/8"L x 5.50"W x 2.50"D. The mask appears to have once had metal enhancements placed over each of the slit eyes, since groove cuts are visible on the side of each eye, and the shape of the metal additions can be seen from an outline where the patina changes. Otherwise, condition is fine and the mask itself has crisp, well-preserved features. Provenance: Private collection, Arkansas. Mounted on a custom metal base.