A Senufo bronze facemask
Lot 618
A Senufo bronze facemask
Sold for US$ 21,600 inc. premium
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A fine Senufo bronze facemask
Ivory Coast, of classical form, the mask finely cast with numerous decorative elements and attached appendages. Fine overall brown/black patina with excellent indications of traditional age, use, and wear.
height 11in


  • Provenance:
    Henri Kamer, New York
    Harry Franklin, Los Angeles, CA

    Dayton Art Institute, December 2000 - March 2001

    Goldwater, R. Senufo Sculpture from West Africa, 1964. fig. 45
    Sieber, R. Out of Africa 2000. p.87, fig.46

    This bronze Senufo face mask is among the finest extant examples and was published in GoldwaterÂ’s seminal work, Senufo Sculpture of West Africa. The integration of the elements of the face with the appendages above and to the sides is remarkable, and the mask possesses a poise rarely found in bronze examples.