Lot 10

■ HELMET MASK CHAMBA
HELMET MASK
NIGERIA
Height: 65 cm. (25⅝ in.) |

US$3,400-5,600 | £2,800-4,500

PROVENANCE
Pierre Robin, Paris
Private French Collection

This ancient mask from the Chamba (eastern) regions stands out by the masterful power of its aesthetics. It is characterized by a massive
hemispherical head and the total absence of decorative elements.

For a similar mask, see the copy in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (inv. no. 76.24.1), published in Berns, M., "Hybrids: Theranthropic Horizontal Masquerades from the Middle Benue", Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, Los Angeles, 2011, p. 339, fig. 10.38.

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