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Lot 0144
**Originally Listed At $400**

Africa, Mali, Marka (Warka) people, ca. 1950s CE. This is a striking hardwood triangular facial mask with two small horns atop the head. Below the eyes, there are sheets of copper from which aluminum tubes are suspended with red tips made of cotton tassles. The Marka people are the descendants of the Soninke people, whose settlements date from ca. 750 CE in Ghana; conflicts with the Berbers led to dispersal throughout the region and today they are famous for their masks and puppets. This piece has some of the classic traits of the Marka -- metal sheeting and colorful details that are used to disguise the identity of the wearer -- that distinguish their masks from those of their neighbors, the Bambara. This is one of my favorites! Size: 13.75" H (34.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex. Estate of Alex Gordon, Central Park South

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#113524

Condition

Expected wear, but intact.

Starting Bid

$350.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

20th C. African Warka Wood Triangular Face Mask

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