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Masks and Headgear

Rare Museum Quality Bark Molded Mask. Africa

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    This high forehead, smaller face is typical of of this tiny part of Africa.   Exceedingly rare, especially in this condition.   Acquired from another collector in 1962, this mask has been part of my personal collection.   For the Serious Collector. Stand is not included.  

Very Rare 1940s Belgian Congo Death Mask. Bakongo People. Kongo Sub-Group: Yombe. DRC. Africa.

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    The solidarity of the Bakongo people has a long history based on the splendor of the ancient Kongo kingdom and the cultural unity of the Kikongo language. Founded in the fifteenth century AD, the kingdom was discovered by Portuguese explorer Diego Cao when he landed at the mouth… Continue reading

Antique, Handcrafted and Carved Bangkok Mask. Khon. Glass / Gold Metal Display Case. Thailand.

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    Khon masks comprise part of the costume of performers of the classical dance – drama of Thailand. The Khon performance involves singing, dancing, acting and acrobatics, and – of course – music. Stories for the drama are based exclusively on the Ramakien, the Thailand version of… Continue reading

Late Period Wooden Egyptian Mummy Mask. Stand. Authentic. Switzerland Collection 1972. Egypt.

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    From the Late Period ( 664-332 B.C. ) this wood mask was acquired from an antiquity dealer in Southern California. It has been authenticated by Dr. Serop Simonian (from Hamburg Germany) . . . a well known Egyptologist.   Burials in the Late Period made… Continue reading

Massive Old Tchokwe / Chokwe Helmet Mask. Angola

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    The Chokwe are an ethnic group of Central Africa whose ancestry can perhaps be traced to Mbundu and Mbuti Pygmies. This “helmet” mask with braids and facial scarifications is somewhat rare. The braids and scarification are somewhat typical but the helmet structure and woven neck… Continue reading

Antique Tantric Copper Gold Plated Garuda Mask. Copper. Nepal.

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    In Hinduism, Garuda is a Hindu divinity. Many times you see Lord Vishnu riding on Garuda’s back. Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man, red wings, an eagle’s beak and with a crown on his head. This ancient deity was said… Continue reading

Very Rare Wood Chokwe Bird Mask. Angola / DRC. Africa.

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    A rare Chokwe Initiation Bird Mask with deep wood patina. Generally, animal masks have been used in initiation ceremonies to assist in the telling of tribal stories and proverbs. But, they were also used extensively in ceremonies to promote a “successful hunt”.   The masks are unique… Continue reading

Ancient Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask. Period 664 – 30 B.C. Egypt.

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    During this span of time, Egypt was invaded and occupied by several peoples. The Persians, in 525 BC, occupied Egypt and made it one of its many provinces. By 30 B.C., Egypt was incorporated into the Roman Empire.   Ancient Egypt’s last independent ruler was Queen… Continue reading

Stunning Bakuba Mask. Kuba. Carved Wood. D.R. Congo. Africa.

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    The Kuba Kingdom was a conglomerate of several smaller Bushongo-speaking principalities as well as the Kete, Coofa, Mbeengi and the Twa Pygmies. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists… Continue reading

Tortured Pocket Ceramic Mask. Raku. Japan

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    Handcrafted mask of a tortured face. Raku process which involves hand-shaping of rather porous material. It is low fired with lead glazes . . . and removed from the kiln and allowed to cool in the open air.   Such Japanese pottery is traditionally used to… Continue reading
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