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Mende Helmet Mask

Auction:
3099B
Lot:
231
Sold for:
$1,599$1,300

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Auction:
American Indian & Ethnographic Arts - 3099B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
May 05, 2018 10:00AM

Description:

Mende Helmet Mask, sowo-wui, with a roll around base and thick neck decorated with a geometric motif supporting a broad squat face with gaping mouth, diminutive, button nose and pierced eyes beneath a ridged sloping forehead surmounted by a large crescent crest with a swept-back coiffure, dark encrusted patina, ht. 14 in.

Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, November 24, 1992, Lot 39.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

termite damage on collar and back, minor restoration on center of the crest


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Human behavior, Learning, Mayfair, Mende, Patina, Upper East Side, Visual arts

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