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|Senufo, Côte d'Ivoire |
This wonderful antique zoomorphic helmet mask, which combines animal elements of hyena, dog, crocodile, and hippo, would have been danced to bring health to the larger community and keep malevolent forces, particularly witchcraft, away. It had the function of revealing and combatting negative energy by those whose intentions were not what they appeared. At one time it may have had painted highlights over the hardwood surface which has worn away over time. Metal pieces may also have been attached for eyes, to give the mask more power/potency in its indigenous use. A "juju" bag remains attached as does an old collection label. Records may show the mask was auctioned at Butterfields/Bonhams a decade or more ago. A fine example with a great deal of expressiveness and personality.
|Lot ID: 142|
|Low Estimate: $900|
|High Estimate: $2,500|
|Next Bid: $475|
|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, textile, fiber, old collection label, and something inside the juju pouch|
|Dimensions: 21" (53.64 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|Senufo Unbound: Susan E. Gagliardi, 2015, Glaze, "Art and Death in a Senufo Village", "Goldwater, Senufo Sculpture"|
|Provenance: Ex. Fernandez Leventhal Gallery, NY, Exhibition History: Vetted by a committee of tribal art experts as antique and authentic and exhibited at San Francisco Tribal Arts Show, January 2012|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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