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Amazing masks such as this example, (deaccessioned in 1994 from the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, NY) from the Bete or Guere are controlled by the Gle society, and represent nature spirits that carry significant supernatural power. The combination and accumulation of diverse paraphernalia is what gives these masks additional power - the more added materials, the greater the mask's supernatural power. Here, the paint, stain, fabric balls, affixed textile and metal and encrustation were all used to "charge" (empower) the mask. This style of mask has traditionally been employed for a variety of uses for which magic would be needed, including curing illness, drought and sterility, and to endow the community with protection from malevolent forces. Various, mostly larger versions of this mask style are typically worn by dancers who are detectives on behalf of the tribe, and the mask gives them the ability to identify a guilty person. (Ref: Bacquart, Tribal Arts of Africa; Stepan, Spirits Speak; Herzog, African Masks). This is an exceptional mask with wonderful presence, good age, and very impressive provenance.
|Lot ID: 61|
|Low Estimate: $5,000|
|High Estimate: $9,000|
|Next Bid: $2,600|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, remains of paint, fiber, textile, oils, metal from former adornments|
|Dimensions: 13.5'' (34.29 cm) height x 7.75'' (19.68 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Other|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|Herzog, African Masks, Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa, Lot 27, 60, 61 Bete/ Guere Dancer (photo source unattributed)|
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, US, an audit was conducted with staff at the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and this mask was almost certainly a gift from Dorothy Brill Robbins (Warren Robbins wife) in 1988 to the Museum. Per museum staff, the location and date of deaccession was likely in Vestal, NY, 1994|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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