Lot 160
  • 160

Mende Helmet Mask, Sierra Leone

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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Description

  • wood
  • Height: 17 inches (43.2 cm)

Provenance

Charles D. Miller, III, St. James, New York, collected in situ in the 1970s
Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen, Andover, acquired from the above

Condition

Good condition for an object of this type and age. Vertical crack behind proper right side of the face, not visible from front. Remains of metal mounts on hairline, and holes, pins and abrasions from previous metal mounts. Vertical hole in top of crest, partially filled (native repair). Insect channels inside mask, and erosion around bottom rim. Fine glossy blackened patina.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.