Bassa (Basa), Liberia
The Bassa territory lies in the middle of present-day Liberia. Their economy is based on
rice which they cultivate around small villages with the population around two hundred.
Like other neighboring tribes, the Bassa have several male and female societies. Bassa
artistic tradition has been strongly influenced by their north-eastern Mande-speaking
neighbors, mostly the Dan. Figures of dogs carved with human head and faces on the sides
are well known, although the purpose of the dog statue remains unknown. This dog figure
strikes by its original design and its rather primitive beauty.
Size: H. 9½, L. 8, W. 29