WINIAMA HYENA MASK, BURKINA FASO
WINIAMA HYENA MASK, BURKINA FASO
WINIAMA HYENA MASK, BURKINA FASO
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WINIAMA HYENA MASK, BURKINA FASO

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD

WINIAMA HYENA MASK, BURKINA FASO

Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot Sold:20,000USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Estate of Thomas G. B. Wheelock

WINIAMA HYENA MASK, BURKINA FASO


Length: 11 ⅜ in (29 cm)

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Thomas G. B. Wheelock, New York and Nashville


PUBLISHED

Christopher D. Roy and Thomas G. B. Wheelock, Land of the Flying Masks: Art and Culture in Burkina Faso, the Thomas G. B. Wheelock Collection, Munich, 2007, p. 399, cat. no. 83

Catalogue Note

In explaining the aged patina of this hyena mask, Thomas Wheelock notes: "As old as this aggressive mask undoubtedly is, it appears, to have been worn up to this time that it left its village. Even broken surfaces are patinated smooth from years of handling. [...] The surface has a patina developed on layers of carbon soot deposited from the smoking environment in which it was stored. Such an environment protects the mask directly by acting as an insecticide, and indirectly by speeding the drying process, thus depriving the would-be invaders of moisture and further impeding their destructive process." (Roy and Wheelock, Land of the Flying Masks, Munich, 2007, p. 399).

Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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