African Art News

10 African masks

Hi ,
In my last post I told you the story about my interview with a rfi journalist, you can read it again here:
http://africanart.press/sendy/w/Bd1oEHhXJf4gHeLXh5e5mw If you have some spare funds available, see if something catch your eye in the Exclusive African Art Auction (Private Collection) with a lot of masks, ending Sunday April 14, 2019 . It has now started:
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The following lots have been put up for this auction: – Lot 1: Sculpture – Wood – Hemba – Luba – Congo DRC 1st half 20th century – In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts More Collected in situ at the end of the 60’s by a Dutch collector. Hemba ancestor figures are regarded as one of the finest expressions of African art. Because of their cubism and well balanced proportions.

Age: early to mid XXth-century.
          NO PRICE LIMIT View this lot         – Lot 2:Bird Mask – Wood – Mblo – Baule – Ivory Coast 2nd half 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear More In Baule communities, mblo performances feature masked dancers who impersonate familiar subjects, ranging from animals to human caricatures.               View this lot         – Lot 3Ancestor statue – Wood – Tchitchiri – Moba – Togo 1st half 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear More An abstract elongated Tchitchiri figure, used by the Moba in Togo . These figures where placed in shrines to offer outside in the village to favorise good crops, honoring the spirits of the ancestors.                 View this lot       – Lot 4 Cup – Wood – Yoruba – Nigeria   Late 19th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear More This cup for holding the sixteen sacred palm nuts used in divination ceremonies is supported on the back of a chicken, as well as by a man on one side holding hands in front and a women on the other side that connect the circular base to the circular cup.
The upper rim with triangular motives all around.

Apart from being the most common sacrificial animal, the fowl figures in Yoruba creation mythology.   A fine cup, good aged patina.   View this lot       – Lot 5 Sculpture – Wood – Iagalagana – Mumuye – Nigeria   2nd half 20th century – Vintage – used with visible signs of wear More The Mumuye artists abstract interpretation of the human body, which recalls that of cubist and expressionist artists, has been immensely appealing to African art enthusiasts.   Collected in situ during the 60’s by a french road constructor who travelled through Nigeria and had his own private museum in France View this lot               – Lot 6 Mask – Wood – Lukwakongo – Lega – Congo DRC   1st half 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear More A Fine little Lukwakongo masquette from the Lega tribe.

PROVENANCE: -Gustave Bulkens, ex-gallery Dayak Antwerp early 80 ‘s. View this lot                   – Lot 7 Shield – Wood – Kifwebe – Songye – Congo DRC 1st half 20th century – In good condition – restored More Provenance: Herman Bayet ( father of Thomas Bayet ).

A Songye shield with projecting kifwebe mask View this lot                         – Lot 8 Mask – Wood – Dan – Liberia 1st half 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear More The Dan mask belong to the circumcision ceremonies (“mbon”) of young boys and girls.
Good condition for an object of this type and age, some of the paint is slighty scratched, see the images.

age: +/- 1940 – Provenance Gaëtan Schoonbroodt- with stand. Expressive mask. View this lot                     – Lot 9 bird – Wood – Mijoa – Madagascar – Madagascar   2nd half 19th century – Vintage – used with visible signs of wear More These eroded archaic sculptures were made to embellish the graves of important families, the birds represent the inter-connection of life and death.   View this lot                   – Lot 10 Sculpture – Wood – Hemba-Singiti – Luba – Congo DRC 2nd half 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear More With its serene expression, finely grooved beard, and elaborately constructed hairstyle, this decorative figure embodies the composure, status, and wisdom of a respected elder. View this lot                     – Lot 11 Sculpture – Wood – Fante – Asante – Ghana 2nd half 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear More A seated Fante figure on a typical Akan stool-figure, Ghana.

Collected between 1970 and 1980, private Belgian collection.   View this lot                     – Lot 12 Mask – Wood – Okoroshi – Idoma – Nigeria 2nd half 19th century – Vintage – used with visible signs of wear The Idoma inhabit the lower western areas of Benue State, Nigeria, and kindred groups can be found in Cross Rivers State in Nigeria.

These masks where used to honor deceased ancestors, they believe the masks provide a good afterlife and are danced during the funeral ceremonies. View this lot     – Lot 13 Mask – Wood – Mwana Pwo – Chokwe – Angola 2nd half 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear More Despite it’s ancient aspect it was probably made for decoration. The Chokwe are well known for art objects produced to celebrate and validate the royal court.

A Very expressive fine contemporary female dance mask Mwana PWO, tribe of the Chokwe, D.R. Congo, Angola

The mask represent the ideal type of woman Mwana PWO.
Artful coiffure of fibers.   View this lot           – Lot 14 Ancestor statue – Metal alloy, Wood – Betsi – Fang – Liberia Lot reference 25347989 1st half 20th century – In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts More PROVENANCE: United Kingdom collection. Woolley & Wallis Antiquities, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art

ORIGIN: Fang Betsi, Gabon. Age: mid 20th century.

HEIGHT: 48 cm on a custom made metal stand ( included in your package ).

USE: To honor Ancestors.Despite it’s ancient aspect it was probably made for decoration. View this lot       – Lot 15 Mask – Wood – Mwaash Ngady – Shoowa-Kuba – Congo DRC African Mwaash Ngady mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC) – good condition
Collected between 1960 and 1970 BY A BELGIAN ANTHROPOLOGIST.

A portrait mask of the first Kuba king wife. 1st half 20th century – Vintage – used with visible signs of wear More         View this lot         – Lot 16 Mask – Wood – Idangani – Salampasu – Congo DRC 1st half 20th century – Vintage – used with visible signs of wear More Living east of the Kasai River in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), the Salampasu are a warrior people with no centralized form of government. Their masks and figure sculptures are made for use in initiation rites and ceremonies, and to frighten surrounding tribes.   View this lot                     – Lot  17 Mask – Wood – Mossi – Burkina Faso 1st half 20th century – In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts From the Galerie Dayak, Gustav Bulkens in the 1980’s.

ORIGIN: Mossi, Burkina Faso.

HEIGHT: 80 cm . A metal stand is included in your package.

According to tradition, the Mossi comes from the marriage of a Mamprusi princess and Mandé hunter.   View this lot                 – Lot 18 Mask – Wood – Mblo – Baule – Ivory Coast 1st half 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear More From a private Antwerp family by inheritance.
A fine Baule mask used during funerals to remember the ancestor, second half XXth century.

HEIGHT: 34 cm 49 cm on custom made metal stand ( included in your package ). View this lot                       – Lot 19 Mask – Wood – Tetela – Congo DRC 2nd half 20th century – Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear More African Mask in the style of the Tetela people of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  View this lot                           – Lot 20 Mask – Afikpo – Igbo – Ivory Coast 1st half 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear More This type of abstract mask came mainly during the Okumkpa masquerade – a series of satirical parodies and songs and dances – in which hundreds of participants participated View this lot    
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