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Auction Closes At: 11:27:00 12/13/2017
Time Remaining: Closed
Lot# & Name: 488. Vai Helmet Mask
Estimate: $1,000-$1,500
Current High Bid: $1,350.00
Auction Closed(Final Price) $1,350.00

Category: African
Sub Category: Savannah
Culture or Country: Mende, Liberia.
Period: --
Size: 14”H.

Description: “Ndoli jowei” mask, carved for the womens Sande Society, embodying an idealized woman with elaborate coiffure of five radiating crests rising from textural engraved dome and six small horns in pairs around sides. The horns symbolized medicinal containers. The face with large sloping smooth forehead, downcast slit eyes, wide nose and neck indicated by bulging grooves. Dark brown smooth patina on face, traces of white pigment in hair. Age crack on one side of crest. W. Siegmann wrote, “Dealer said mask was from Sirabou Town, Sherbro-Mende Area. Mask by same hand from Makpele, Pujehun on Liberian border in Phillips 123. See Phillips 164.
Provenance: Collection of William Siegmann, Curator Emeritus, Brooklyn Museum.
Shipping Fee:
National: $29.00
International: $135.00 (This is approximate and for Postal Service. Prices may vary, especially for private carriers such as: FEDEX, UPS and BAX).

Vai Helmet Mask

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. bruce w. $1,350.00 1 12/13/2017 11:18:13 AM
2. blurry $1,300.00 1 12/13/2017 11:05:30 AM
3. bruce w. $1,300.00(losing tie) 1 12/13/2017 11:14:32 AM
4. Gilligan $1,300.00(losing tie) 1 12/13/2017 11:14:38 AM
5. bruce w. $1,200.00 1 12/13/2017 11:07:52 AM

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