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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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Masks such as this example from the Bete (or Guere) tribe are controlled by the Gle society, and the mask is thought to represent nature spirits that carry significant supernatural power which can be brought to bear to improve human life. 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.The mask is carved with extreme detail and includes inserted red abrus precatorious seeds. These seeds allude to the importance of this mask’s function and its supernatural power. Red abrus seeds are very difficult to cultivate in West Africa, and are applied to only the most important masks. Furthermore, in Burkina Faso, the seeds are believed to carry additional powers, as their properties are somewhat mystical and mysterious - they are poisonous raw, yet considered medicinal when cooked. A swatch of textile remains on the inside of the helmet, where it served to pad the masquerader’s head.
|Lot ID: 60|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $5,000|
|Next Bid: $1,600|
|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), abrus precatorious seeds, stain, oils, metal from former adornments|
|Dimensions: 7.5" (19.05 cm) height x 5" (12.7 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. John Paul Agogue, Paris, Ex. Private Collection, France|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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