Bini mask

Beautiful rare and old Bini mask Nigeria (Edo State) Wood, paint, pigment, encrusted patina 5 ( see the image gallery down this page ) Size : 27cm x 14cm Weight 320 grams Probable age: End XIXth – Early 20th Century Provenance: Dr. Gordon K. Mackenzie ( 1913-1992 ), Washington D. C., USA. A geologist and  paleontologist who collected African and Pre-columbian  Art. Some of his objects where exhibited in the Washington Museum in 1972. Ex David Malik Gallery, London, UK Price: 2,200€ Buy It Now: Mask of the Bini or Ibibio people The Article below was found at Yahoo answers : What is a Bini mask The Bini people of Nigeria of the great Kingdom of Benin are located around present day Benin City. The Bini mask is one of Nigeria’s most famous and is the symbol of Nigerian arts and culture. These masks are worn by members of the Ekpo-society, who take care of the well-being of the village and settle disputes.Ekpo members wear masks, raffin capes, and other accouterments to impersonate the ancestors and other dead members of the society. The the dancer is covered by a costume of grasses attached to the mask. Rituals are performed for planting, harvesting (yam harvest) and funerals. During important the annual yam harvest, members imitated ancestors who were believed to have briefly returned to the world of the living. The mask was also a part of the rituals to propitiate the gods and to protect the people against illness. Drumming and music are also important elements in Ekpo ceremonies. The form of the masks probably derives elements from their better known neighbors the Yoruba.Some wooden Bini mask have a distinctly simplified style. The mouth is delicately rendered; the nose is narrow and long; above the eyes, which have no pupils, there are bulging eyelids. They are very different from the ostentatious courtly style of the tribal woodcarvings of the Bini who lived in the environs of Benin. The petty tribal chiefs used to produce for their altars wooden commemorative ancestor heads and would carve masks representing departed souls, which were used […]

Le marché des masques africains

Une vidéo intéressante sur Arte laisse la parole a des experts, des marchands et des collectionneurs, des curateurs de musées, et des directeurs de salles de vente ainsi que des artisans sur le marché des masques Africains. Le marché des masques africains Voici l’article sur les masques Africains à connotation légèrement négative du descriptif d’Arte: En deux siècles de colonisation, l’Afrique a été dépossédée d’une quantité incalculable d’œuvres d’art et d’artisanat de grande importance. On retrouve aujourd’hui ces trésors entassés par milliers dans les fonds des musées, des expositions privées et des galeries occidentales. Les musées internationaux dédiés à l’ethnologie présentent ainsi des collections d’une incroyable richesse, dont l’origine reste pourtant suspecte. Plus d’un demi-siècle après la fin des empires coloniaux, c’est désormais la spéculation qui bat son plein, sur les masques, statuettes et autres objets d’art africains issus de pillages. C’est le cas notamment des trésors de la civilisation Nok (actuel Nigeria, 1 000 av. J.-C-300 ap. J.-C.), achetés par des musées, de Boston à Bruxelles. Aujourd’hui, de plus en plus de pays d’Afrique demandent la restitution de ces objets. Histoire du pillage L’historien de l’art béninois Romuald Tchibozo et la politologue panafricaniste nigérienne Aissa Halidou, reviennent sur l’histoire de ce pillage artistique, notamment au Togo et au Bénin, et partent sur les traces de l’industrie de la contrefaçon. Des modestes sculpteurs des villages béninois aux richissimes collectionneurs européens, ce documentaire interroge aussi l’omniprésence d’un “regard blanc” sur l’art africain, d’hier à aujourd’hui. VOIR LE FILM Please follow and like us:

Fang Ngontang Duponcheel

A 3 heads Fang Ngontang helmet mask  – Gabon – Provenance Duponcheel. Fang Ngontang Three Faced Helmet Mask – Gabon African Carved Wood Helmet Mask, Gabon, Fang, the tapered form with four relief-carved heads with heart-shaped faces, with pyro-blackened projections above, (wood loss, cracks, restauration), ht. 13 1/2 in., 32 cm. The Duponcheel fang is Genuine, Duponcheel is credited with supplying Tervuren with the best Fang masks, Ngil’s etc, and this was collected on the same fieldtrip as those pieces in 1967/68. In the hand it is absolutely genuine, and so it the patina. Duponcheel ( (Brussels and New York) not only collected medieval antiques and also Archaeology and African Art. He was in the acquisition commission board of the Smithsonian. Discussing a closely related mask in the Dallas Museum of Art, Walker (2009: 272) notes: “The [Fang groups] Betsi and Ntumu call this type of helmet mask Ngontang, a term that is a contraction of nlo ngon ntanga, which means ‘face of the daughter of the white man.’ When the Betsi and Ntumu peoples first encountered the Europeans, they believed the Europeans were spirits returned from the world of the dead. Introduced in the 1920s, the mask has multiple faces with eyes that see everything, and it was a ritual object that fought against malevolent forces such as witchcraft. […] It is thought the Ngontang replaced the ngil mask, which policed the Fang communities and was banned by the French colonial government.” Provenance: -Collected by Christian Duponcheel in Gabon in 1967-68. – Paul and Peggy Rabut collection ( illustrated in Tribal arts magazine ) . – Skinner Inc. Boston 2008, – Chris Wild collection, – Jan Kusters collection. Published: – The Mysterious World of Paul Rabut , By Charles Derby . Tribal art magazine #33 – Winter 2003 Please follow and like us:

Mbembe Janus mask

Mbembe Janus mask Published: Tribal Art magazine nr. 78 ( winter 2015) page. 40 Scroll Down for More Images Exhibited: since this mask was originally covered with skin, it was exhibited in Netherland at “De Huid als Communicatiemiddel” (“Skin as a means of communication”) from 12 sept.2015 >16 may 2016, “Nederlands Leder en Schoenen Museum”(“Skin as means of communication”) an exhibition in Waalwijk (Netherland). Provenances : Lucien van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium Jean-Pierre Jernander, Brussels, Belgium Alex Arthur, Brussels, Belgium Mort Golub, USA (artist) Jan Kusters, Netherland Janus headed helmet mask from the Mbembe Akparabong tribe , Nigeria H: 42 cm. Wood, painted in black, white and red, cylindrical blackened corpus, carved with nearly identical faces, whitened with kaolin and crowned with short horns, showing differing scarification marks ( this small concentric circle motif is called “drum of ngbe”), writing on one side “ako…mone…47…”, sligh damages on paint, cracks, missing parts because of insect caused damage, paint rubbed off, water spots; various drilled holes proving that the mask originally was completely coated with skin, and was dyed at a later date, possibly there were feathers inset on top of the head and a further head crest that presumably was removed. TRIBE: The middle Cross River region is populated by several Bantoid groups Ejagham (Ekoi), Mbembe, Yakö, as well as by northeastern Ibo peoples. The most popular art form, the helmet mask with one or more faces, seems to be common to all of them. In most cases such masks were identified as Ibibio or Cross River Ibo, though, like the present one, they belong to the Ejagham complex and relate to the art of the Akparabong clan. Description courtesy of Zemanek, Münster, Würzburg – July 2009-nr.282. GVR Archives Registration Nr.: 0011227 Lit.: Wittmer, Marcilene K., Arnett, William, Three Rivers of Nigeria, Atlanta 1978, p. 77, ill. 181 Price: 4,000 € Buy the Mbembe Janus Mask:             Please follow and like us: