Lot: 289

97th Auction

Rare black face mask "ikwara-mokulu" ("mask of the night")

Gabon, Punu / Lumbo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Michel Gaud, Saint Tropez, France H: 11.4 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, black and red paint, base

"Ikwar" masks are related in morphology to the classic white "okuyi" masks. They represent either a male ancestor spirit or an old woman, the counterpart of the beautiful young woman who died young, embodied by the "okuyi" masks.