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    Mau (Côte d'Ivoire)
    Beaked Power Mask
    Wood, metal, nails, amulet packs, glass, raffia cloth, cowry shells, feathers, porcupine quills, coins
    Height: total: 28 inches Width: 10 inches Depth: 6 ½ inches

    Mau masks share characteristics from several neighboring groups. The sculptural forms for the face proper relate primarily to face masks of the Dan and related groups, but all seem to have a beak that is long in relation to face size. The massive addition of materials looks toward some Dan masquerades in its effect, but with the Dan these are added as part of the masker's dress, rather than integral as in Mau masks. This attachment directly to the mask looks east and north toward such groups as the Bamana and Senufo in their horizontal, bush-face masks. Also related toward these peoples is the presence in the current mask of square amulet packs, probably containing Koranic verses. The overall condition is relatively good considering the number of fugitive materials incorporated. The crest of feathers and porcupine quills has fared least well.

    Provenance: Mr. And Mrs. Jeffrey Hammer
    Thomas D. Slater, Indianapolis
    David and Bonnie Ross, Indianapolis

    Published: William Siegmann, ed. African Masks of the West Guinea Coast, Selections from the Thomas D. Slater Collection. Purdue: Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, 2003, p.45, figs.41 and 42, color plate 7.



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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