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Lot 0144C
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West Africa, Burkina Faso, Bozo peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A fantastic piece, a helmet mask hand-carved from wood depicting an antelope's head with huge, curved horns, carved to have distinctive serrated edges. The head is brightly painted with a deep red pigment. The eyes, nose, and mouth are black-outlined with white interiors, and the perky, large ears also have white interiors. The base of the helmet, meanwhile, is unpainted - perhaps it was meant to be covered with a cloth or raffia, as holes drilled through it attest to attachments that have since been lost. Size: 8.4" W x 25.75" H (21.3 cm x 65.4 cm)

Provenance: ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970

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Inactive insect damage to back of mask. Pigment has craquelure on surface and clear wear. Small nicks and chips from surface, especially on the ears and tips of the horns.

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20th C. African Bozo Painted Wood Mask of an Antelope

Estimate $600 - $900Feb 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA