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Bambara Tribe Iron Mask - PF.4433
Origin: Mali
Circa: 18 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 32" (81.3cm) high
Catalogue: v24
Collection: African
Medium: Iron


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Description
From the hands of a master artist a girl in the bloom of youth emerges from iron. This mask is of a type that may have been used by women in their secret ceremonies for initiation. It subtly blends innocence with strength of character. She is the embodiment of maidenhood; shy and endearing, with her modestly lowered eyes, delicate chin and finely molded braids of hair. Her remarkable presence combines both power and distinction, a symbol of the mysterious realm between childhood and becoming an adult -a state of body and mind we have all experienced and will instantly relate to. The extraordinary artist who created this masterpiece reveals to us an ability to handle a difficult material with a genuine tenderness of feeling. It's elemental simplicity, grace and charm transcends reality, while at the same time letting us in on a deep secret of a woman's life - - which she gently whispers. - (PF.4433)

 

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