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unknown Gola (West Atlantic)
Gola Primary

Poro Society Gola Gbetu Mask

20th century
Carved wood

24.803 x 8.465 x 9.055 in. (63 x 21.5 x 23 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2016.14.23
Geography: Africa, Sierra Leone
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: African, Gola
Collection: Jane Martin Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • helmet masks - Masks that enclose the head entirely or in part, especially those worn during African ceremonies and masquerades.
  • men - Refers to male human beings from young adulthood through old age.
  • secret societies - Any of various societies, the members of which are sworn to keep the rules, activities, and purposes secret from nonmembers.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "The Brooklyn Museum Online Collection." The Brooklyn Museum Online Collections Database. (Accessed April 9, 2020): Brooklyn Museum, Accession No.: 1998.80.1.
  • William A. Fagaly, "The Traditional Arts of Liberia." African Arts 18, no 2 (February 1985): 81.
  • William A. Fagaly, "The Traditional Arts of Liberia." African Arts 18, no 2 (February 1985): 81.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco." (Accessed April 8, 2020): Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,
  • William C. Siegmann and Judith Perani. "Men's Masquerades of Sierra Leone and Liberia." African Arts 9, No. 3 (April 1976): 46-47.

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