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SONGYE MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

SONGYE MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

SONGYE MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 100,000 USD

Lot sold:

75,000

USD

SONGYE MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO


Wood, fiber

Height: 13 in (33 cm)

Very good condition overall for an object of this age and type with wear consistent with age and use. Two losses on either side of the rim on the reverse at approximately the level of the mouth, as partially visible in the catalogue illustrations. An old shallow linear dent to the proper right eye, as visible in the catalogue illustrations. Minor age cracks to the top of the head. Additional chips and small losses around the rim on the reverse of the mask; some other small nicks, chips, scratches, and abrasions in places. Old c-shaped chip/loss to the upper rim on the proper right side; break is beneath the fiber attachments. Exceptionally fine layered, aged patina, with encrusted white pigment (probably reapplied in places) and softly glossy black and red pigments, with rubbed wear from handling and use. Fiber attachments are dry and fragile with some breaks. Has stand.


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.

Reportedly collected in situ and brought to Belgium in the 1930s

Camille Duyck, Brussels

Pierre Dartevelle, Brussels

Marc Leo Felix, Brussels

Merton D. Simpson, New York (inv. no. 6769)

Sidney and Bernice Clyman, Scarsdale, acquired from the above on December 8, 1993

Allen Wardwell, Three African Traditions: the Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1999, p. 38, cat. no. 61

John Pemberton III, Crosscurrents: Art of the Southeastern Congo, Northampton, 2011, p. 37, cat. no. 21

Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, Three African Traditions: the Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye, January 31 - April 18, 1999

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Crosscurrents: Art of the Southeastern Congo, September 30, 2011 - January 8, 2012