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    Kran (Liberia)
    Ga Sua (also Ge)
    Clay, cowry shells, teeth, feathers (great blue turaco, guinea hen), red pigment
    Clay head: Height: 8 inches Width: 5 ¾ inches Depth: 6 ½ inches

    This unusual object closely parallels one illustrated and commented on by George W. Harley. "Ga sua... is not a mask but a solid clay head with grotesque human features. Often it has four eyes...It is an object of sacrifice and prayer for protection against witches or for luck, new babies, fertility of the fields, or recovery from illness. Its keeper... is owner of the town. It is not, however, a clan symbol and not every town or clan has one.

    "Its owner is really more of a diviner than clan head. As priest of this great fetish he dances with it balanced on his head. Working himself into a frenzy he answers questions about past, present, and future. As an oracle the fetish is also featured in the catching and execution of supposed witches." (George W. Harley. "Masks as Agents of Social Control in Northeast Liberia", Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, vol.XXXII, no.2. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Published by the Museum, 1968, p.34).

    Collected by Dr. Hipólito Barreiro in northern Liberia, 1969
    H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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