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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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This mask represents a mythical antelope or hyena known as Walu, who, in the Dogon belief system, had the responsibility of protecting the Sun from the Fox, or Yorugu (The supreme God, Amma, gave Walu this responsibility). The Walu masquerades occur at sacred sites, which are instrumental in maintaining the social requirements regulated within of the complex Dogon belief system related to the creation of the world. Walu is so revered that his likeness is regularly portrayed in other aspects of Dogon art, especially on house and granary doors. Because of his ability to see into the future, Walu is a symbol of wisdom, and can offer protection and long life (Ref: Laude, “African Art of the Dogon: The Myths of the Cliff Dwellers”). This is a wonderfully rich authentic example of the famous Walu form with strong provenance; photographs do not effectively transmit the aesthetic quality of the mask.
|Lot ID: 69|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $6,000|
|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, wax, paint/pigment stain, remains of sacrificial materials|
|Dimensions: 22.5" (57.15 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Mali|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|Dogon Statuary, Hélène Leloup William Rubin, Richard Serra, and Georg Baselitz, Daniele Amez Publishing, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Tribal Arts of Africa; Laude, African Art of the Dogon; Phillips, Africa: The Art of a Continent; Herzog, African Masks, Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa|
|Provenance: Ex. James Willis, US (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with purchase), Exhibition History: Vetted as authentic by a committee of tribal art experts and exhibited at BRUNEAF, Brussels, June 2014|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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