Lot: 139

85th Tribal Art Auction

Masque zoomorphe

Burkina Faso, Bwa

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
German Private Collection H: 62,5 cm 4000 EUR
Frais supplémentaires : 21% de commission, TVA, expédition et assurance transport

wood, matt patina, polychrome paint, with projecting (crocodile)snout and jagged forehead-nose-ridge, carved with ornamental decor, remains of bark wood and cord on the backside, min. dam., missing parts through insect caused damage, cracks, traces of abrasion; crocodiles are considered as guardians of standpipes. They also play an important role within the worship of the ancestors.


Karl-Ferdinand Schädler, Afrikanische Kunst in Deutschen Privatsammlungen, München 1973, p. 58; ; Ders. Afrikanische Kunst, München 1975, p. 67; Ders., Lexikon Afrikanische Kunst und Kultur, München, Berlin 1994, p. 173; Ders. Encyclopedia of African Art and Culture, Munich 2009, p. 471