Africa

African mask with no mouth

Q:  Mask itself is 13.5 x 8 x 4.5″ and came from an estate.  The person purchased the mask in mid 1970’s from what appears to be a good quality dealer, based on the paperwork I also found.  Thanks, Bob!  Alan, 884

A:  This is a rarity– a West African mask with no mouth. Exactly what culture it is from and what it is for, I have no idea. From the headdress down, all of the features remind me of different tribes, but from below the nose there is nothing. I hope one of the African art collectors will make a guess. This is something special, even if it turns out to be just an unusual tourist piece.

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