**Originally Listed At $600**
West Africa, Sierra Leone, Temne people, ca. mid 20th century CE. Animalia and womankind join forces on this ornate, hand-carved and colorfully painted wood festival headpiece with Hindu-inspired decoration, detachable wings, fanciful detachable zoomorphic/anthropomorphic devices, and horns. The composition is comprised of a woman's head surmounted by a winged-horned animal-like creature, as well as zoomorphic/anthropomorphic detachable figures emerging from the woman's stylized coiffure - all making for a very dramatic contrast. The woman's visage presents a determined expression with bold features and a bindi dot (to protect against evil) painted between her almond-shaped fully lashed and browed eyes. This elaborate carving was created for masquerade celebrations by the Ode-Lay society. Size: 40" H (101.6 cm) including horns
A description of an Ode-Lay mask in the Brooklyn Museum collection reads in part, "Ode-lay is a uniquely urban form of masquerade that developed in Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown. This mask likely has its origins in the 1960s or ‘70s, when new genres of film, particularly those from or about Asia, inspired novel mask creations . . ." (https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/211653)
Compare with similar examples in: Masks from West and Central Africa: A Celebration of Color and Form (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2013).
Provenance: private Dr. Paul and Mary Rosen collection
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