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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    A LIGBE MASK

    IVORY COAST

    Price Realised  

    A LIGBE MASK
    Ivory Coast
    Do, with pierced crescent eyes, scarification in relief on the cheeks and forehead, the elaborate coiffure with three pyramidal projections above a scroll to each side of the central ridge in high relief which terminates in a large scroll, dark patina.
    15½ in. (39.5 cm.) high


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    See Barbier, J.B. (Ed.), Art of Cte d'Ivoire, Geneva, 1993, vol.II, p.54, no.77 for a similar mask from the Bondoukou region formerly in the Charles Ratton collection.
    These masks illustrate the refined coiffure worn by the Muslim women at Shawwal the ceremony marking the close of Ramadan. They are described as works of joy and something that delight the eye.

    Provenance

    Julius Carlebach, New York