West Africa, Ivory Coast, Gere (also Ngere or Guere) peoples, ca. early to mid-20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden face mask with a pair of petite eye holes drilled above the bulbous nose. The 'eyes' are comprised of mirrored glass fragments set within wooden cylinders above tufts of animal hair, and the brow is lined with several conical antelope horns as well as a textile wrapped fibrous headband lined with several cowrie snail shells. The enlarged mouth is accentuated with red pigment for anthropomorphic detailing. Size: 6.5" W x 9.7" H (16.5 cm x 24.6 cm); 19.1" H (48.5 cm) on included custom stand.
A stylistically similar example of a Gere mask can be seen in Bacquart, Jean-Baptiste. "The Tribal Arts of Africa: Surveying Africa's Artistic Geography." Thames & Hudson, New York, 2000, p. 44, fig. 5.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Allan Stone collection, New York, New York, USA
All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.
Abrasions and nicks to face and peripheries, with fraying to some hair fibers, fading to pigment, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits and remains of pigment throughout.