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Akan Bronze Mask - SP.211
Origin: Ghana
Circa: 1850 AD to 1910 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high
Collection: African Art
Style: Akan
Medium: Bronze


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Location: United States
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Bronze Akan masks such as this one would be hung at important religious ceremonies, such as a circumcision or a right of passage. The mask would serve as a place for ancient spirits to reside in- an honored seat from which an ancestor or god could view the festivities and enjoy the company of the Akan tribes people. And what shade wouldn’t feel at home in the welcoming visage that the artist has captured in bronze? The placid mouth is parted- so that if perhaps the spirit wishes to impart some words of encouragement, advice, or simply compliment the dancers and musicians, it will be able. The broad flat nose and gentle small eyes give the piece a sense of placidity and brusque kindness. Most intricate and beautiful are the braids of hair erupting across the scalp and the meticulously bordered and beautifully wrought goatee. It is altogether a wonderfully human and evocative presence that even in our scientific world, makes us wonder what lies behind the hollow eyes- and what secrets just beneath our range of hearing, are being whispered. - (SP.211)

 

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