Re: [African_Arts] Looking to identify my African Mask
- Hello-hello,there are so many things in my house that i don't feel at home anymore.But there is the same type of mask on the first floor.I was told it is a mask of justice for the Bamana / Bambara, Mali.It is supposed to be standing on an altar. A local VIP, hidden behind, gives hisvoice to the mask and tell you if the chicken is yours or if you shouldgive it back to his/her owner.Yours look more scary than mine. I kindly advise you to give back thechicken.VeroFrom: Lee Rubinstein <leerubinstein@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Looking to identify my African Mask
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LeeOn Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:43 PM, livinginparadise247 <oshaugnessy1@...> wrote:Dear Sirs. I recently purchased a mask that I believe is from Africa:
It is about 29" in height. It has many small pinholes that I believe are from an insect or worm. There is a hole in the center of the mouth area. There are two small nostril holes. There are two eye holes and two ear holes. It has long extensions on either side. There is a few areas of applied cloth and one square of leather located on the forehead area.
It seems to have large horns on either side coming up from the head. There is a small amount of damage on the right horn. There is a square of cloth located under each eye with what looks like a small horn or claw (wooden) that hangs from it. There is also a cylinder of cloth on the forehead (just below the square of leather) with a small horn or claw coming out of each side (again wooden). It has a large mouth with carved teeth but again only a hole in the center. It also weighs a bit.
On the back side the head extends out and that entire part (from the
front of the forehead all the way to the back and attached under) is
covered in cloth.
Does anyone have any idea as to what it could be? I have to tell you
that most of my friends that have seen it seem to think it almost looks
like a devil - I didn't really notice it until they all said something.
Any idea as to how old it could be?
I would like to attach a couple pictures but not sure how to do it.
Then I guess I'll make a few repairs and shelack it and set it out by the pool....
Thankfully I didn't pay much for it.
Thank you for your input.