Magnificent horned dancemask – Yaure / Baule – Ivory Coast
In fine state but obviously much used, with a repair on the right horn. It dates to the 1930-1940 period. On stand
Provenance: Ex-collection of Roger van den Borre, Liedekerke, Belgium. Obtained from him by P. Westerdijk in 2016.
This very delicate and sensuous facemask bears all the hallmarks of the product of a greatly gifted sculptor who worked in the Yaure –Baule cultural tradition of the years preceding the second world war, the balance and intentional harmony of the constituting elements make it to what it is: an emblem of tranquility and serenity. The dignity of a king is clearly present in its noble traits. The small round mouth is whistling a tune to entertain the public while the dancer moves about in a graceful manner, gliding rather than walking. The small goatee fits well into the general pattern of refinement in ears, brows, eyes, nose, sunrays cheekline and hairdo. The two “horns “of hair complete the picture of sophistication. A beauty of expression and subtility without any flaws. Very fine and well-worn interior.
Literature: Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter: African Art in American Collections, Washington/ London, 1989, pp.179-180.
Dimensions: 26 x 17 x 10 cm.
People / Region: The Yaure-Baule inhabit the central part of the Ivory Coast.
Material: hardwood of the Diospyros mespiliformis tree, a member of the Ebony family.
Weight: 0.306 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.
- Magnífica máscara de baile con cuernos
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Yaure / Baule
- Región / país
- Costa de Marfil
- madera dura del árbol Diospyros mespiliformis, un miembro de la familia Ebony
- Data del período 1930-1940.
- Se vende con soporte
- 26×17×10 cm
- 0.31 kg