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Description: African bronze mask of man with beard, unsigned.

History: Most African sculpture was historically in wood and other organic materials that have not survived from earlier than at most a few centuries ago; older pottery figures are found from a number of areas. Masks are important elements in the art of many peoples, along with human figures, often highly stylized. There is a vast variety of styles, often varying within the same context of origin depending on the use of the object, but wide regional trends are apparent; sculpture is most common among "groups of settled cultivators in the areas drained by the Niger and Congo rivers" in West Africa. Direct images of deities are relatively infrequent, but masks in particular are or were often made for religious ceremonies; today many are made for tourists as "airport art". African masks were an influence on European Modernist art, which was inspired by their lack of concern for naturalistic depiction.

Provenance: Lorber Estate, Palm Beach, FL

Dimensions: Weight (Pounds & Ounces) = 2 | Height(in) = 10 | Width(in) = 8 | Depth(in) = 8

Size of Artwork(in): 7 x 5.5 x 2.5"

Artist Name: N/A

Medium: Bronze

Circa: 20th Century
Very good condition.
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African Bronze Mask

Estimate $10 - $50May 22, 2016
Starting Price $10
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