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Masks and Headgear

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.

Guro Tribal Fertility Mask, Ivory Coast Africa

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Detail: Guro masks usually consist of narrow faces, large foreheads. The Guro mask represents the spirit of Gu, the wife of Zamble, a deity. Gu is usually depicted as elegant, graceful, serene and beautiful. These masks are generally used in sacrificial gatherings, funerals and celebrations. Circa mid-1900’s. Pristine condition.

Kom or Tikar Wooden Mask, Cameroon Africa

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Detail: I believe this is a Kom mask, from an ethnic people of the Northwest province of Cameroon. Most of the statuary and masks are representations of the Fon (the ruler). Masks like these are typically used in initiations and for educational purposes. Tikar masks – also thin, oval and… Continue reading

Hand Carved, Hand Painted Mask, Bali, Indonesia

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Detail: Carved from a solid block of tropical Balaloo wood, this mask is then hand painted by skilled woodcarvers. Late 1900’s. Sorry, this item has been sold. CONTACT US for other items that have similar characteristics.

Chokwe – Expressive Pwo Mask, Congo Africa

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Detail: From the Chokwe people of Congo, Angola and Zambia. Represents the ancestral spirit of Pwo, the archetype of female beauty and womanhood . . . fertility. Woven locks with animal hide and shells for headband. Carved from wood. Stand not included. For the Serious Collector.

Bronze Singh or Lion Mask, Thailand

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Detail: Very good casting on this mask from Thailand. Believed to be cast in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Until 1991, it was in an antique shop in Thailand. I have had it in my collection since then.

Old Jokwe Mask, Congo Africa

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Jokwe, Chokwe or Tchokwe are governed by a king (Mwana Ngana). This tribe is vigorous and courageous hunters and agriculturists. Netting and shells that form the headdress are from the sea. Circa mid-1900’s. From my private collection. Pristine condition. For the Serious Collector.… Continue reading

Chokwe – Chihongo Spirit Mask, Congo Africa

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From Congo/Angola/Zambia area where the Chokwe population resides. Chihongo is the male spirit of wealth and power. This older tribal art mask was used in ceremonial events. Ratan and feathers form the headgear and woven rope form the bib. Carved from native wood. Stand not included.
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