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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK COLLECTION

A Superb Bwa Butterfly Mask, Burkina Faso
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 49,000 USD
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91

PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK COLLECTION

A Superb Bwa Butterfly Mask, Burkina Faso
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 49,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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New York

A Superb Bwa Butterfly Mask, Burkina Faso

of highly abstract form, the butterfly with wide-spread wings decorated on each side of the front with four circle motifs and chessboard pattern on the ends, on the reverse with chessboard pattern, the round face with circular eyes and protruding mouth and nose; fine aged patina with black, white and red pigment.


width 111 1/2 in. 283.2 cm
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Provenance

Tambaran Gallery, New York, 1980s
George and Gail Feher, New York

Catalogue Note

Roy (1987: 270) notes: "Bwa wooden masks represent a number of characters in the myths of their families and clans. Masks represent numerous animals including the antelope, bush buffalo, monkey [...], the crocodile and fish of several types [...] and insects including the butterfly [...]. The bird masks and butterflieds are the most abstract, consisting of a broad, horizontal plank, decorated with large concentric patterns. The mouth projects from the center and there [...are] circles representing the patterns on the butterfly's wings."

The Bwa mask from the Feher Collection is one of the largest examples known. For two related masks from the Thomas Wheelock Collection see Roy (1987: 272, fig. 229, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; 273, fig. 230) and Roy and Wheelock (2007: pl. 139).

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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New York