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    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Epa Helmet Mask: Mother and Child Group
    Wood, pigment, indigo
    Height: 33 7/8 inches Width: 13 ¼ inches Depth: 14 inches

    Eccentric in many ways, this unusual epa helmet mask is the work of a carver who, expressing a highly individual approach, has boldly readjusted the conventions of Yoruba proportion and other norms. This includes displacing the child from the mother's back so that it rises - upper chest, arms, hands, and log-necked head - from the rear of the helmet itself. This child looks sharply to the left rear, and both its clenched hands were drilled to admit a shaft. The mother proffers an offering bowl and is adorned by a relief-carved necklace of tubular beads and incised rings at the mid-point of her long neck. There is scattered insect loss, most noticeably at the proper left waist of the female figure and her upper right arm. There is an old loss at the bottom left front of the helmet, and two segments totaling 6 ¾ inches in width at the rear of the helmet were separated and have been reglued.

    Provenance: Serge Schoffel, Belgium
    James Willis Gallery, San Francisco



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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