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Pipibudze Dancemask - low density wood - Kwele - Gabon

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Pipibudze Dancemask - low density wood - Kwele - Gabon

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It dates to the 1930 – 1940 period - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Pipibudze Dancemask
Ethnic group/ culture: Kwele
Region/ country: Gabon
Material: low density wood
Period: It dates to the 1930 – 1940 period
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 30×20×10 cm
Weight: 0.47 kg

Pure Pipibudze Dancemask – Kwele – Gabon

In fine state, but with slight insect damage out of sight. It dates to the 1930 – 1940 period. On stand.

Provenance: Ex – collection of Dr. Helmuth Zimmermann, greater Düsseldorf area, Germany. Obtained by him on one of his hunting trips to Gabon in the 1950s and early 1960s. Acquired from his son by P. Westerdijk in 2016.

Pipibudze or “Man” is a standard Kwele dancemask type used within the context of the Bwiti society. It is pure and simple with a fixed outlay of details. Used as a dancemask, it represents the link between the village and the forest, i.e. the bond between man and beast, in this case the chimpanzee, the chief of the woods. In the dance the local members of the society acted, moved and made the noises of the king of the wilderness, the humanized primate, stessing their common origin. Unlike the gorilla, the disruptor, the chimp is the friend of man in his struggle to survive the dangers of the bush. Fine, stylized heart- shaped face, combining animal and human features. Pointed nose opposite pointed chin

Literature: Louis Perrois: Ancestral Art of Gabon. Los Angeles, 1985, p. 80 with pl. 11.

Dimensions: 30 x 20 x 10 cm.
Region /People: The Kwele straddle the border between N.E. Gabon and N.W. Congo Brazza.
Materia: low density wood.
Weight: 0.470 kg.

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Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.
Due to bad experiences with carriers, we opted for one reliable carrier. The shipping costs are therefore slightly higher. Sent by registered and insured mail.

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  • The mask is, in my opinion, older and more beautiful than the photos, and unquestionably authentic.
    The seller is a man of integrity, who has carefully vetted and described his objects for sale.

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    solSOL September 2, 2019

  • Really a very beautiful mask of high quality and superb patina. A great delight to have this mask in my collection. Fast shipment and well packed, a seller who is conscientious and communicative.

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    Très très bien.
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  • Great piece ! Perfect packaging.

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    solSOL May 29, 2019

  • Perfect transaction. Nice item, prompt shipping, good communication. Many Thanks!

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    user-2ec6e84 April 4, 2019

  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

  • Very courteous and willing to please. His objects are of great quality
    Very happy with my purchase

    ctual March 23, 2019

  • we are quite satisfied with the handling, correct information of this sale and very much appreciate the letter/certificate with the details of the object we bought.

    elsverdonck March 19, 2019

  • Reibungslose Abwicklung. Zusagen eingehalten. Pünktlicher Versand. Ordentliche Verpackung. Voll zufrieden.

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    Vente très positive ! Colis livré le surlendemain de l'enchère ! Deux jours. Extrêmement rapide, avec une frontière à traverser.
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    Africpassion March 17, 2019

  • Item arrived in time and as described in perfect condition.
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    Très beau chi wara, belle patine ancienne. On déplore un recollage non mentionné à la base.
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    lovviere March 13, 2019

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    Il faut noter bien que c'est une restauration indigène localement faite. Ca indique pour moi que cette pièce ètait bien aimèe par son propriétaire.Plutôt un plus.
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