42: TWO CARVED AFRICAN MASKS AND A DANCE SHIELD
TWO CARVED AFRICAN MASKS AND A DANCE SHIELD
Central Africa, early to late 20th Century.
All three pieces carved from one piece of wood and painted. (1) The simple sensitively carved old face mask having a weathered grayish surface with evidence of ritual offerings, its coiffure of carved parallel lines still with remains of white pigment, with well-worn tribal scarification marks on forehead, temples, and cheeks. (2) The new black face mask decorated with reddish brown designs outlined with grooves filled with white pigment. (3) The Basonge (Congo) dance shield having a figure eight shape with a high relief mask in the center and a handle in the back; the front covered with carved parallel lines filled with white pigment.
Shield: 21 x 12 1/8 x 3 ˝ inches.