Lot: 273

85th Tribal Art Auction

Antelope mask

Nigeria, Mama

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Adrian Schlag, Brussels, Belgium H: 19.7 inch 4000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, encrusted reddish brown patina, half-spherical calotte with crested forehead ridge and funnel-shaped protruding mouth, crowned by long slightly curved horns, pierced around the rim, slightly dam., paint rubbed off, cracks; the Mama people are well-known for their abstract buffalo- and antelope masks. The present mask was worn at "kambon" masquerades of the "udawaru" society for sacrificial and burial rites.


Schädler, Karl-Ferdinand, Afrikanische Kunst in Deutschen Privatsammlungen, München 1973, p. 247, ill. 348