Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood and Bronze Dimensions: Height: 3.3 feet/39 inches, 99 centimeters (including mask stand) Length: 7.5 inches, 19 centimeters Region: Ivory Coast, West Africa Approximate Age: 64 years (1958) Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately Item Number: M004 Collection: Tribal Masks Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request Provenance Report: "Star of David Mask" Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged Sourcing: Fair Trade Certificate of Authenticity Provided Custom-made mask stand included with your purchase
York's Shona Gallery presents the "Star of David Mask," an incredibly rare mask depicting the diaspora of Jewish people to Africa, per the Star of David symbol etched on the front of the mask. Contrary to popular belief, the Jewish community has a presence in the Ivory Coast. The capitol city of Abidjan has two synagogues, each with a population of about 40-70 congregants. In addition, large groups of indigenous peoples referred to as Danites claim descent from the lost tribe of Dan and many from this ethnic group have shown interest in Judaic practices. The mask is approximately 62 years old and is one of a kind.
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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