! Special sale following the collection!
In January 2021, 26 of the 30 objects were found buyers at a sale dedicated to this collection.
After receiving the items and analysing the documents provided, we received a 100% positive feedback from customers.
This collection brings together authentic objects to which we are not used to discovering this style.
The objects included in this sale are numbered, taken back and described on a document that served as a will written in the mid-20th century.
The original documents will be given in the form of copies to the purchasers after the sale.
This includes the document that acts as a will - the identity passport.
These objects were all collected later in the middle of the 20th century
On this basis, they can only be earlier in terms of dating in the mid-20th century.
Rare Igbo mask in a relatively exceptional state of preservation, small lack on one of the visible braids, high quality object with high ritual use and original pigmentation. Dry wood, not over-patinated internally, carved with traditional tools, visible herminette traces and ritual portages. Valuable collector’s item, museum quality
The extremely elaborate hairstyles of the Agbogho mmwo masks or the “spirit of the girl” reflect in the Igbo the key phases of female life - in particular the end of the confinement of the initiates. More often than not, strands of braided hair are raised above the head (cf. Dapper, 2003, p. 85), and few masks, as here, represent them emerging from the summit ridge to stretch on either side of the face which they partially conceal. They therefore seem to reveal with modesty, as on this very old mask, the beauty of the face in ochre hues adorned with a star motif, the sharp features dominated by a thin buzzed nose and the mouth with fleshy lips, perceived as the physical clues of an ethical ideal combining purity, obedience and generosity (Cole and Aniakor, 1982, p. 121). See RMN (1997, p. 288, No. 261) for a comparable type mask, ex-Barbier-Mueller collection, kept in the Branly Quay Museum.
- Agbogho mmwo
- Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts
- Wird mit Ständer verkauft
- 59×0×0 cm