SUPERB BAMANA MALE ANTELOPE HEADDRESS, BANIMOUNITIÉ REGION, MALI

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Lot 32
SUPERB BAMANA MALE ANTELOPE HEADDRESS, BANIMOUNITIÉ REGION, MALI

US$ 50,000 - 70,000
€ 43,000 - 60,000

African and Oceanic Art

19 Nov 2020, 11:00 PST

Los Angeles

SUPERB BAMANA MALE ANTELOPE HEADDRESS, BANIMOUNITIÉ REGION, MALI
chi wara
length 23in (58.4cm)

Provenance
Bess J. Cohen Collection, New York
Galerie Hélène and Philippe Leloup, Paris
American Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1991

Published
LaGamma, Alisa, Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2002, pp. 114-115, no. 70
Nooter, Polly, The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts, Tribal Art Magazine, Summer 2017, Issue 84, illustrated

Exhibited
New York, Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 November 2002 - 13 April 2003
Los Angeles, The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 26 February - 9 July 2017

Superbly carved with a set of short and long horns pointing backwards and curving elegantly upwards, long, skinny ears pierced along the bottom edges for attachment; the elongated head with eyes of hemispherical brass tacks, resting on a vertical cylindrical neck cut in the center and attached with a set of four large metal staples; the horizontal torso curving slightly upwards towards the rear with an elongated tail curving back; the face and top portion of the torso highlighted with faint incised linear and dotted pattern, the spine with a row of minute metal inserts continuing down the tail; fine dark brown glossy patina with areas of encrustations.

Alisa LaGamma notes (LaGamma, Alisa, Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2002, p. 115), "Between performances, ton leaders often stored their headdresses suspended from the rafters of their cooking houses, where they accumulated layers of soot. The masks were generally refurbished for festivals; however, their surfaces were cleaned, washed with water, and smeared with shea butter, which accounts for this work's glossy sheen."


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SUPERB BAMANA MALE ANTELOPE HEADDRESS, BANIMOUNITIÉ REGION, MALI
SUPERB BAMANA MALE ANTELOPE HEADDRESS, BANIMOUNITIÉ REGION, MALI
SUPERB BAMANA MALE ANTELOPE HEADDRESS, BANIMOUNITIÉ REGION, MALI
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