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Mask - Wood - Grebo Kru - Liberia

Lot reference 25347993
Mask - Wood - Grebo Kru - Liberia

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1st half 20th century - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

Object: Mask (More lots)
Ethnic group/ culture: Grebo Kru
Region/ country: Liberia
Material: Wood
Period: 1st half 20th century
Condition: Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 48×17×10 cm

PROVENANCE: A German officer collected it in the 1960's

ORIGIN: Grebo, Kru, Liberia

Age: Early 20th century to mid XXth.

USE: Half man, half animal protective mask for war ceremonies, to impress the opponents.

HEIGHT: 48 cm 60cm on metal stand ( included in your package ).

It was originally the dealer Kahnweiler in Paris that discovered the first seldom Grebo mask and who sold one to Picasso who found inspiration is them.

CONDITION: Dry patina with brown, red, and white pigments ( all colors darkened due to oxidation by the UV). Wood, 3 holes on the back rim . One chip missing on the lower part of the rim, little crack in the wood between the eyes, and on the chin. Some Abrasion on the forehead.

Striking geometry in sculpture with the flat face, protruding square mouth with incised teeth, pigmented forehead, triangular nose attached to the mouth and tubular eyes

These seldom masks where worn on top of the head, and made to impress the enemy, this mask is coming from a German officer who collected it in the 1960's.
It is the only mask of that type that I have had in my 25 years of dealing in African Art. It is so rare that even African art experts often mistake it for an Ibo mask.

All our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, or by appointment.

David Norden guarantees the authenticity of his objects, you will get a written description inside the package.

David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.

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    David Norden toujours positif, correct ! A big African Art dealer.
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    solSOL April 29, 2019

  • Beautiful sculpture, pleased with the objects, couldn't ask for more... Buy here with confidence from great tribal art dealer 5 star service!!

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    Bellissima maschera!!! Transazione perfetta...Grazie!
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    danmask April 24, 2019

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    Mooi beeld, altijd zeer vriendelijke en deskundige uitleg van David Norden.
    Hartelijk dank
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    Josbelde March 13, 2019

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    rosekrans February 13, 2019

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    très bien. beau masque.
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    Perfect verpakt,snelle levering ,goede verkoper.
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    regulus007 October 24, 2018

  • Never a problem with David after years of purchasing. Quality
    and condition always as described.

    rickandnan October 12, 2018

  • I received the Tchokwe pipe I ordered from David Norden of Antwerpen in excellent condition and less than two weeks after purchasing it at auction on Catawiki.

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    lovviere October 7, 2018

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    A great mask - thank you.
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    Hartelijk dank voor de mooie kuba cup,alles zeer gunstig verlopen.
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    Josbelde September 22, 2018

  • Superb pieces from a preeminently reputable and reliable dealer

    lawrenceowens August 24, 2018

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    A really beautiful specimen that will find a nice place in my collection. Very friendly and professional contact with the seller.
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    michaelvonforstner August 20, 2018

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    Superbe objet authentique,vendeur très aimable et compétent.
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    Excellent object perfect packing
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    lucgerrits August 14, 2018

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    excellent emballage
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    un sans faute , c'est rare !!

    mille mercis
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    stephaneolivier August 14, 2018

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