Ɵ Dehe Gla Mask, Kran, We area, Liberia Wood... - Lot 35 - Binoche et Giquello

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Ɵ Dehe Gla Mask, Kran, We area, Liberia Wood... - Lot 35 - Binoche et Giquello
Ɵ Dehe Gla Mask, Kran, We area, Liberia
Wood with black patina
H. 21 cm
Dehe Gla Mask, Kran, We area, Liberia
H. 8 1/4 in
Provenance:
- European private collection
- Sotheby's London, July 2, 1990 (lot 58)
- Hélène and Philippe Leloup, Paris
- Private collection
This beautiful Dehe Gla mask from the Kran of Liberia is anthropo-zoomorphic, with pronounced ape-like characteristics and a very cubist rendering through the triangles formed by the nose, cheeks and eyes in an inverted triangle. The "cap-like" forehead that overhangs the entire face and the very prognathic mouth underline the ape-like aspect of the mask. The upper lip of the mouth is pierced with small metal nails, indicating that plant elements or animal fur were attached there. The whole mask, as suggested by the holes in the periphery, was dressed in a costume made of straw or cloth. The faceted waistline of the adze, or knife, can be clearly seen on the cheekbones, cheeks, nose and upper lip. The mask is covered with a beautiful black patina, shiny on the most exposed corners.
For similar examples:
- Hans Himmelheber, Negerkunst und Negerkunstler, Braunschweig, 1960, p.154
- Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American collections, Washington D.C 1989, P.167, Fig.327
- Alain Michel Boyer, We, Visions d'Afrique, 5 continents, 2019, p.22
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