Northern Tussian or Siemu Helmet Mask, Burkina-Faso
Wood, cane, fiber ropes
height 26 1/4in (66.5cm)
Jay C. Leff Collection, Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Sotheby's, New York, May 14, 1981, Lot 160
Private Collection, New York
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, The Art of Black Africa - Collection of Jay C. Leff, October 1969-January 1970, no. 158
The finely carved headdress has plated basketry interior lining. The domed cap is surmounted by a large stylized bull with cylindrical body and angular flanks, an attenuated bird's head carved between its long curving horns and a column of graduated birds forming the tail; dark brown patina with areas of encrustation.