Ivory Coast, wonderfully carved, the pair of boxers about to engage in fisticuffs atop the serene and well patinated feminine face. height 14 1/2in
Exhibited: Governors State University, IL, 2003 Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003 Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004 Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005
Published: Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.11, fig.26
Surmounting this mask is a whimsical interpretation of community life: a pair of boxing figures are about to strike one another in absolute contrast to the quiet and lowered eyes of the female face below. This would suggest a competition for the young woman's affections and patterned mating rituals of the prime of life. A similar example, also depicting two boxers and described as a Seri Mask, can be found in Die Kunst der Guro, Elfenbeinküste, fig. 131.