|20th Century, Sub-Sahara Africa, Mali, Koulikoro Region.|
Large initiation mask in form of an antelope with two slender horns emerging from forehead, and long hollowed ears on sides. The long snout has a rectangular outlineThe long slender nose is perforated for attachment and a cowry shell attachment adorns one ear. The Kore society is an initiation society among the Bamana, and is a rite of passage for teenage boys in order to ascend to adulthood. Displays dark brown matte patina. Restoration on horns, repair on left ear, insect hole damage, and a loose shard on base of jaw. Collection number in red on back. Custom base.
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Dimensions: 17-3/4”Ht. x 6” Width.|
|Primary Classification: Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African : Object Type - Mask|
|Secondary Classification: Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African : Country - Mali|
|Compare to Colleyn, J.P., Bamana: The Art of Existence in Mali, 2001, p. 118.|
Nelson Rockefeller was the Vice President of the United States under President Ford, he served from 1974-77. He was an avid collector of African art, and founded the Museum of Primitive Art, this collection was later transferred to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
|Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from Parke Bernet Galleries, May 4, 1967, No. 2559, Lot 10, Collection of Nelson A. Rockefeller and the Museum of Primitive Art.|
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