Very ancient Kran mask, Liberia/Ivory Coast... - Lot 41 - Binoche et Giquello

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Very ancient Kran mask, Liberia/Ivory Coast... - Lot 41 - Binoche et Giquello
Very ancient Kran mask, Liberia/Ivory Coast
Hard wood with a superb patina
H. 26 cm
Very ancient Kran mask, Liberia/Ivory Coast
H. 10 1/4 in
Provenance:
- Collection Jean-Paul Delcourt, Abidjan, circa 1970
- European private collection
The Kran are a population living mainly in Liberia. They are famous for their ancient and wild masks, often very architectural.
Here the nasal and upper lip volumes have merged, giving birth to a terrifying creature with a wide open mouth and impressive teeth. The eyes are wide open and surrounded by hatched patterns. The large forehead is separated vertically by a narrow median volume characteristic of the masks of the Kru people, and ends at the top of a rim, suitable for the attachment of a headdress or dance costume.
The interior of this mask and its magnificent patina of use testify to its great antiquity.
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