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Lot 0485
**Originally Listed At $400**

Africa, Nigeria, Anang Ibibio, ca. mid 20th century CE. A striking face mask with a fascinating superstructure comprised of a squatting man holding an extremely long and colorful snake arching over his head held in his upraised arms. The energetic gent wears a blue outfit with lettering on the pant legs "IKEREVE" on one leg and "TERKIMLI" on the other. The face mask below presents eye holes for the wearer, boldly modeled facial features, pierced ears for further decoration, details delineated in black and white on a red ground, and perforations at periphery for attachment. Upon the visage is a colorful headdress with another inscription "AI" on one end and "TER" on the other. A wonderful example! Size: 9.5" W x 21" H (24.1 cm x 53.3 cm); 26.25" H (66.7 cm) on stand

See Masks from West and Central Africa: A Celebration of Color and Form (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2013) for the type.

Provenance: Exhibitions: Free Library Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2011: More Than A Pretty Face: Masks From West and Central Africa from the Rosen Collection. Rosen collection number 116. Literature: See in Masks from West and Central Africa: A Celebration of Color and Form (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2013) for the type.

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Condition

Superstructure repaired (snake and arms) from several pieces and reattached. Minor losses as shown. Some surface wear with slight pigment losses. Still a strong example.

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Exhibited African Ibibio Painted Wood Face Mask

Estimate $700 - $1,050Apr 30, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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