RARE & IMPORTANT HUGE OLD AFRICAN NGIL GABON FANG WOOD HELMET CEREMONIAL MASK
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Up for auction is a Large and Important African Fang Carved Wood Ceremonial Helmet or Mask. This mask is one of two fine African sculptures being offered in this week’s sale. The estate has had the carvings for several decades, this example also comes with an appraisal done 37 years ago in 1982 as seen. In our opinion these pieces are likely more suitable for a high-end auction venue than here on eBay, but as we have been ordered by the estate lawyers everything is to be sold without reserve.
We do not know a great deal about the pieces ourselves and we are not experts in this area. From what I have read about these Fang masks between 1910-1920 colonial courts controlled by the European administration established at that time, in both Gabon and Cameroon. These administrative authorities led to the gradual disappearance of such tribes and most of these large Fang masks with streamlined, exaggerated forms, whitened with kaolin were destroyed during this period. This has led to very few such examples still being in existence today. These Fang masks are noted as being some of the rarest and most sought after examples of African art than can be found. It is Well Worth getting some expert opinions to determine the masks value. The appraisal from 37 years ago estimated its value then at 32,000. From what I have seen the interest in African art since then has risen substantially along with numerous record setting prices in recent years.
The mask is a very impressive large size example to display measuring 28 1/2 inches tall, by 12 inches wide, and 12 inches deep. The mask on display stand measures 36 inches tall. The mask shows wear, minor imperfections and losses to the white kaolin as see. I am sure what one should see on an authentic older unaltered estate-fresh example like this in its honest original condition. The mask is overall in substantially good and intact condition as seen.
The mask is a truly breathtaking piece to display mostly with studio lights reflected properly at the Fang mask it looks incredible. I believe the opportunity to acquire such an example like this outside a major auction without reserve is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. Very best of luck to everyone with interest.
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