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African-style mask, framed, II
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This mask has no identifiable traditional tribal African linkages. It has a network of incisions , traces of turquoise paint, a heavily textured surface that suggests a thick accretion of votive offerings, and a serenely spiritual countenance.  The black shadow box frame is incised with a rectangular human face, abstract reptiles, and a saddled horse (?) surrounded by assorted diamond shapes, concentric circles, straight and wavy lines, over-lapping double zigs and zags, and leaf-like silhouettes.  The contrasting textures of the richly patterned headdresses, and horizontal ribbed background draws attention to the centrally mounted mask.  Although this is not a traditional mask, it shows a high degree of imagination and care in execution which produces an object d'art that is superior to crudely "made in Africa"  carvings manufactured as cheap tourist souvenirs.  Resin paper and glass.  Imported ca. 2006
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