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RITUAL BAMBARA EIGHT-SPIRE MASK, 1900

Lot : 3

The Art of Islam, Middle East and Africa

Estimate: $1,000.00 - $1,500.00

Starting Price: $750.00

Condition: Excellent considering the age.

Dimensions: Height: 24 in. (61 cm.)

Auction Date: April 21, 2018

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Bambara masks receive offerings and sacrifices, and they are even solemnly buried following an appropriate rite when its role of intermediation has ended, and lost their sacred character. Of hollowed form, the pointed chin beneath the lenticular mouth and pointed nose, the eyes pierced through, decorated with seashells and corals; exceptionally fine. Provenance: Collection of Edward Frey, the author of The Kris: Mystic Weapon of the Malay World (Images of Asia).