REGION: Africa
COUNTRY: Liberia
VALUE: 5 cents

This stamp is one of a set of eight celebrating traditional masks of African peoples, none of which strangely is found in Liberia. This stamp depicts a mask from the Baule people of Côte d’Ivoire.  The Baule have a variety of mask types; this one is a mblo mask, representing a portrait of a respected villager or ancestor, and is generally used for entertainment purposes.