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Mende Helmet Mask, Sowo

Auction:
3185B
Lot:
93
Sold for:
$738$600

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Auction:
American Indian & Ethnographic Arts - 3185B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
December 01, 2018 10:00AM

Description:

Mende Helmet Mask, Sowo, the oval face with close-set features, diminutive smiling mouth, pierced slit eyes in incised sockets, thick incised eyebrows, and naturalistic ears, the broad forehead with a rectangular scarification panel surmounted by a headband framing the coiffure, flanked by four curving horns and enclosed by four snakes, dark shiny patina, ht. 13 1/2 in.

Provenance: Private collection, Newton, Massachusetts; Sotheby's, New York, November 10, 1987, Lot 179.
Estimate $2,000-3,000


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Keywords

Newton, Culture, Mende language, Mende, Lozère

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