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African Decorative Mask :  Bearded Man, II
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Often denigrated as "airport" or "tourist" art because the international traveler is the intended customer, the best of these modern African carvings show much creativity and imagination as does this mask.  In fact, the carver may have tried to depict a "white" man in the form of a humorous caricature.  Note in particular the thin bridge of the nose, the practically lipless mouth, Van Dyke-type beard, and the straight hair. Of course, this mask might not be representational at all and is just a conventional stylistic depiction. Purely abstract designs can be seen in the application of the red and black stains and the randomly wandering rows of double dashes that cover the face.  There is an integrated hanging loop at the top.  Collected prior to 2006. Stained wood handcrafted in Kenya.
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