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Masks and Headgear

Old African Dance Mask Dan, Ivory Coast Africa

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Detail: This is a typical Dan mask except for one feature: the wood is smooth but not polished. These masks are known for their normal (idealized) human face carvings. This mask does not have any noticeable scarification. Circa mid-1900’s. In very good condition. Stand is not included.

Small Wooden Smiling Face Mask, China

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Detail: This is carved and painted by artisans in a village outside Beijing. An emotional uplifting mask that was created in the late – 1900’s. Very good condition. See a larger – equally expressive – mask: Large Wooden Smiling Mask, M-6454

Chhepu, Shrine Protector Mask, Nepal

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Chhepu (Chepu) is the brother of Garuda and is known for his bravery. He has been given a place at the top of many main shrines as the “protector” from all dangers. Nagas (snake like dragons) are his main food… yuk. This is carved from a single… Continue reading

Wood, Brass and Copper African Royalty Mask, Ghana Africa

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Detail: This is a stunning mask. The mask – from Ghana – is a tribute to the queen mothers who make certain women in their communities are treated well. Tribal markings adorn the wide forehead and the cheeks are in brass and copper. Highly polished in Sese wood. Circa late-1900’s.… Continue reading

Happy Devil Wooden Mask, China

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Detail: This is carved and painted by artisans in a village outside Beijing. A devil face with a devious smile/laugh. Circa late 1900’s. Very good condition. Stand is not included.

Large Wooden Smiling Face Mask, China

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Detail: This is carved and painted by artisans in a village outside Beijing. An emotional uplifting mask that was created in the late-1900s. Very good condition. Stand not available.

Yoruba Sango Gelede Helmet Mask, Nigeria Africa

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Found in Yorubaland (southern Nigeria), this helmet mask represents Sango a royal ancestor of the Yoruba (the third king of the Oyo Kingdom). Facial “Pele” markings on the checks. This is probably a ceremonial mask. Carved from one piece of wood, the incrusted patina and distinctive features put this mask… Continue reading

Baule Brass Mask, Côte d’Ivoire Africa

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This is an older brass mask from the Baule tribe on the border of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. This was made from a lost wax cast of a copper alloy mask and are said to represent the heads of defeated enemies. Small pieces often get lost (or broken off) as… Continue reading

Old Punu / Lumbo Ancestor Mask, Gabon Africa

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Detail: This is a face mask of the maiden ancestral spirit Makudij with her typical whitened face and serene expression. These masks are usually reserved for important village festivities. The white pigment is kaolin, a clay-based material. Note the back of the top of the coiffure has an extra design… Continue reading

Bakota Fertility / Lucky Mask, Gabon Africa

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Beautifully hand carved from Gabon’s Bakota tribe. Many of these masks are made to enhance fertility and/or add luck with hunting and other ventures. Circa late-1900’s. Pristine condition. Stand not included.
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