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Re: [African_Arts] Unknown mask?

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  • joseph anderson
    Hello to all, Thanks for all the help from everyone on the 3 pieces I have posted. It is so nice to finally be able to put a name to these. Joe
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 16, 2009
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      Hello to all,
      Thanks for all the help from everyone on the 3 pieces I have posted.
      It is so nice to finally be able to put a name to these.

      On Jan 16, 2009, at 10:51 AM, RAND ((www.RandAfricanArt.com)) wrote:

      > Hi group, it's been a while...
      > Joe, you are inquiring about this mask that you posted photos of:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/album/1084164661/
      > pic/1009852159/view?
      > picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc
      > Yes, as Paul indicates, there was a similar mask at the Mestach
      > exhibition in Brussels in June of 2007. Here is a link to the photo of
      > the mask in the exhibition:
      > http://www.flickr.com/photos/randafricanart/532147571/in/set
      > -72157600599092634/
      > The mask is documented in the book "L'Intelligence des Formes" on page
      > 142, along with several other masks that have double faces or a couple
      > of sets of eyes. Unfortunately the text is in French, but I'll attempt
      > to make a rough translation.
      > The mask is attributed to the "Bembe or neighbors". It is photographed
      > next to a Bembe mask with two sets of eyes on it which I also
      > photographed at the exhibition
      > (http://www.flickr.com/photos/randafricanart/532048660/in/set
      > -72157600599092634/).
      > The text that accompanies the mask is roughly translated as follows:
      > This mask with four eyes, according to local tradition, would
      > represent the spiritual chief of the community that is in charge of
      > ancestor protection in which the ancestors give to him in addition to
      > wisdom, the ability of double sight. It then starts to talk about the
      > influences on contemporary art by this type of mask.  
      > So, I hope that helps some. The mask in the Mestach exhibition was
      > truly amazing.
      > Here is a link to the photos of the exhibition:
      > http://www.randafricanart.com/Museum_and_other_exhibits.html
      > The link to the photos is down the page a bit.
      > Cheers!
      > RAND
      > --- On Wed, 1/14/09, Paul DeLucco <pauldelucco@...> wrote:
      >> From: Paul DeLucco <pauldelucco@...>
      >> Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Unknown mask?
      >> To: African_Arts@yahoogroups.com
      >> Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 9:27 AM
      >> Joe,
      >> It is not Hemba. 
      >> But the double set of eyes is interesting.  The only other mask I
      >> have seen like it was one  attribued to the Kwele, I think, in the
      >> Willy Mestach collection.  I haven't been able to Google up a copy of
      >> the photo, but Rand attended the Mestagh exhibition in Brussels and
      >> might have a photo.
      >> Very interesting mask.  It could well be Kwele or a neighboring group.
      >> Regards,
      >> Paul
      >> --- On Tue, 1/13/09, joseph anderson <ironjpa@triad. rr.com> wrote:
      >>> From: joseph anderson <ironjpa@triad. rr.com>
      >>> Subject: [African_Arts] Unknown mask?
      >>> To: African_Arts@ yahoogroups. com
      >>> Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 1:21 PM
      >>> Hi all. I have thought of this mask as possibly Hemba but have never
      >>> known for sure. Can anyone tell me for sure. Also, do any of you know
      >>> the relevance of the double eyes?
      >>> Thanks, Joe
      >>> Photos are also posted in ironjpa53 in the photo files as Hemba??
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