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West Africa, Liberia, Bassa peoples, ca. first half of the 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden maskette of an ovoid form with a bulbous chin, cupped ears, pursed lips, coffee-bean-shaped eyes above a slender nose, and a plateaued forehead. The coiffure is composed of several projecting nodules which line the top of the forehead. The term "gela" means "the ancient one" and suggests that maskettes like this example were passed down throughout several generations. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 3.125" W x 5.6" H (7.9 cm x 14.2 cm).

Provenance: private California, USA collection; ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, California, USA

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Minor abrasions to some raised details and light encrustations within some recessed areas, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and great brown patina throughout.

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20th C. African Bassa Wood Gela Maskette

Estimate $500 - $700Apr 25, 2019