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Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood
Height: 13 inches, 33 centimeters
Length: 9 inches, 23 centimeters
Region: Cameroon, Central Africa
Tribe: Fang Tribe
Approximate Age: 59 years (1963)
Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately
Item Number: M014
Collection: Tribal Masks
Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request
Provenance Report: "Helmet Mask"
Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged
Sourcing: Fair Trade
Certification of Authenticity Provided
Custom-made mask stand included with your purchase
This Fang Four Face Helmet mask is worn over the head. The function of the mask is related to sorcery. Fang masks were acquired and relished by modernist artists such as Picasso and Matisse. The African pieces, Picasso said, helped him to understand his purpose as a painter, which was not to entertain with decorative images, but to meditate between perceived reality and the creativity of the human mind--to be freed or "exorcised" from fear of the unknown by giving form to it.
This lightweight mask can be easily mounted to the wall or mounted on a custom made mask stand that is included with your purchase.
Masks from Africa
Masks were probably the first objects of African Art to capture the interest of art lovers of the New World. Like sculptures, masks served distinct functions. They were used for initiation, fertility rites, ancestor and spiritual worship, and other ceremonies.
The multitude of styles the masks produced revealed great artistic stories. African masks have been collected since artists like Pablo Picasso started his famous collection. He has stated that African masks inspired much of his work.
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