Lot: 411

77th tribal art auction

Mask "agwe"

Cameroon Grassfields, Widekum

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Wally Zollman, Indiana, USA
David & Clifford Gelbard, New York, USA
H: 18.1 inch 3000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, entirely coated with leather, dark brown patina, inserted teeth (partly missing), rep. (leather partly cracked), small missing parts, cracks, slight traces of abrasion; worn during funerary rituals dedicated to members of the warrior society known as "nchibbe".


Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 225
Bourgeois, Arthur & Scott Rodolitz, Remnants of Ritual, New York 2003, p. 23, ill. 53;
Celenko, Theodore, African Art in Cultural Context: Selections from the Wally and Brenda Zollman Collection, Ball State University, Muncie 1988, fig.13