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    Grasslands Kingdom, perhaps Kom, (Cameroon)
    Helmet Mask
    Wood, pigment, copper
    Height: 15 ½ inches Width: 12 inches Depth: 12 ¾ inches

    This very old, superb mask has a glistening and varied patina of long use and, remarkably, it still has traces of varied pigments, especially red and yellow camwood. It is dynamically carved in a highly sculptural style, with decisively dramatized, enlarged facial features: eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth, the latter shown as open and with teeth. The ears are especially large and prominent. The brow line, marked with kaolin, sweeps back to a point at the temples. The mask is typical of Kom style and is said to represent a queen mother. Other than a slight very old loss along the rear side ridge at the proper right of the headdress, the condition is excellent.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



    Estimate: $19,500 - $22,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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