Item offered:

Important Old Kuba Helmet Mask
(DR Congo)

Provenance: Ex-Collection Emerson Woelffer



Description:

With its significant provenance -- Ex-Collection Emerson Woelffer -- on offer from our personal collection is this outstanding, old helmet mask from the Kuba peoples of the DR Congo. For Woelffer (1914-2003), prominent American Abstract Expressionist artist & educator, African & ethnic art proved to be a lifelong interest. During his lifetime, he amassed a considerable private collection of primitive works.

A sizable mask, the cheeks are accentuated with multiple rows of raised & incised scarifications. The hair is plaited handsomely on the back of the head, plus an incised horn-like configuration flows across the forehead & behind the ears. The open mouth with its filed teeth lends a heightened aggressive attitude to the mask's appearance. Although the piece doesn't conform to a more typical iteration of the renowned Bwoom masks, we suspect it may in fact be a rare & unusual variant of that style.

Despite a few imperfections in the wood, including evidence of old insect damage (arrested) & repair to the jaw (stable), this imposing mask is in good overall condition, & would make a superb addition to any serious ethnographic collection. Superb patina. Powerful display.


Materials:
wood

Approximate dimensions:
9" H x 9" W x 12" D

Estimated age:
early-to-mid 20th century

Total shipping weight:
ca. 6-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

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price:
USD $3600.00
+ shipping
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Materials:
wood
Approximate dimensions:
9" H x 9" W x 12" D
Estimated age:
early-to-mid 20th century
Total shipping weight:
ca. 6-lbs.
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