I HAVE TO SELL MY 45+ YEARS COLLECTION OF AFRICAN MASKS! This Marka mask from Mali shows great age. It had been worn, scuffed, cracked and eaten by insects but is all there. The cracks are stable. The insect damage is all in the crest, leaving it quite compromised aesthetically (see photo 7). The wood-eating insects are long GONE, fumigated. The mask was used long and hard but survived in relatively good condition. This is a very typical example of Marka characteristics and has a matte, even, dry patina. The surface is covered with carefully, though shallowly, cut incised lines and chip-carved zigzags (photo 12). I wish the bugs hadn’t gotten so much of the crest but it is nevertheless a fine example. Marka masks are quite popular with collectors; there is one in the snobby apartment of Frasier Crane! No apologies for this one – it is certainly authentic. 16 tall, including what’s left of the crest. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks”. The seller is “musictramp” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Mali
- Provenance: Ownership History Not Available