End XiXth Early XXth - Perfet condition. Provenance Carlo Monzino
A seldom Aluminium mask wth fine weathered patina from Carlo Monzino who collected in the early 60's.
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Height: 20,5 cm, 32 on it's custom-made black-metal stand ( on the black background images )
Provenance: - Carlo Monzino (1931-1996), Castagnola.
- Hammer Zurich.
The oval face with outgrowths around the mouth and the cheeks, a domed forehead beneath two horns, 5 holes pierced through at the rim for attachments; dark patina, partly blackened oxidation.
Aluminium masks of the Senufo are rare since the material has been seldom for a very long time and is difficult to forge.
This type of Kpelie-masks were worn by the blacksmith to show it's skills. This type of mask is symbolizing an ideal woman. The elongated flanges radiating from the bottom part of the mask, refer to the hornbill bird. The horns above to the sacrificial ram. The scarification around the nose symbolize the primordial twins.
Ref: -Holas, B., L´Art Sacré Sénoufo, Limoges, 1978
- African Aesthetics. The Carlo Monzino Collection, Susan Mullin-Vogel-1986
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