Super dancemask – Tshogo – Gabon
In fine state with clear signs of use. Nice deep tinderbox dry interior. It dates to the 1930-1940 period. On stand.
Provenance: Ex- collection of Dr. Helmuth Zimmermann, greater Düsseldorf area, Germany. Collected by him on one of his hunting expeditions in the region during the end of the 1950s and early 1960s. Bought from his son by P. Westerdijk in 2017.
This deepfaced mask has thin walls at the sides and plenty of room for the face and head of the wearer. It has the classic Tshogo lay-out of facial features with arched eyebrows over slit eyes, a tiny nose and mouth and a egg-shaped head overall with a broad forehead and a more or less pointed chin. Typical also is the broad black stroke connecting mouth and chin. The other colours used come from red and white pigments (iron-ore and kaolin). A fine old specimen with a lot of gloss on the higher parts from handling. Because the mask is deep it is Tshogo rather than Vuvi.
Literature: Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter: African Art in American Collections, Washington / London, 1989, p. 351 fig. 910.
Dimensions :31 x 21 x 11 cm.
People / Region: The Tshogo live in the south central Gabon.
Material: semi – density wood of the Alstonia gabonnensis tree.
Weight: 0.710 kg.
Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.
- Súper máscara de baile
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Región / país
- madera semidensidad del árbol Alstonia gabonnensis
- Data del período 1930-1940.
- Se vende con soporte
- 31×21×11 cm
- 0.71 kg