End XIXth EARLY XXth- Good Condition- Ex US Museum de-accessioned
H = 16 cm
Age: early XXème. Offer remains.
nr. in white ink B 7-26 (maybe a date) on the back, probably de-accessioned by the Museum of African art in New York ( the famous US auction house where I got it refused to confirm, but in the past I got objects with that provenance from them).
Sold with a custom made metal stand.
This is a Bassa masquette of unusually dynamic form and good age.
The round mouth, angular sloping of the tattooed forehead in contrast to the rest of the facial structure, make this one of my treasured Bassa masks.
This is a Bassa mask of Liberia known as "nah wede" mask, the ‘country devil’. Notice the opposition of the upper and lower parts of the head, the line of the forehead and coiffure forming an obtuse angle with the lower face and jaw. In modern examples this may almost be a right angle; in older examples, the angle is less marked.
The coiffure is elaborate and always carved into a series of wide braided roles covering the head, and a little hole in the middle ( once with a nail charge inserted ). Free delivery & description.
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