Why, you ask? What’s African art got to do with you, Dave Dahl? I’ll tell you what. Nothing. And that’s freaking great.
This mask is particularly cool.
Bamana Kore Mask from Mali
16″ x 6″ x 6″ & 2 lbs
ex Alfred L. Scheinberg, NY
ex Mark Eglinton, NY
ex Fily Keita
In the Bamana culture, there are six initiation societies, Kore being the last and is known as the stage of attaining divinity. They believe in endless re-incarnation and that each time he returns to earth, that God removes a portion of his spiritual nature and keeps it in Heaven. Therefore, if uninitiated, the deity will become completely reabsorbed. To ensure infinite reincarnations, the Kore teachings are essential.
In Yaka culture, masks are worn for multiple occasions. When Yaka boys are ready for initiation they are taken to bush camps and are put through multiple rituals to prepare for manhood. Yaka masks are also worn during public festivals. The ndeemba style mask are worn by newly circumcised young men during their dances and marks their return to village life.
Baule Mbra “Gbekre” Monkey Figure from Ivory Coast
31″ x 9″ x 10″ & 28.5lbs
Provenance:ex Michel Gaud, Saint Tropez, France
This is an early 20th century figure representing a monkey. Cup bearing monkey sculptures are considered objects of power in Baule culture. Used only by the men’s societies, the functions range between them being used as a form of protection against sorcerers, while others believe they will intervene in divination rituals.