African Mask Collection at Sadigh Gallery

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Mask design is the hallmark of African art and an essential feature of African culture. Sadigh Gallery has an excellent collection of African masks from over 20 different tribes. This slide explores characteristics of various African masks , their meaning and purposes, and few examples of our collection.

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African Mask Collection at Sadigh Gallery

  1. 1. AFRICAN TRIBAL MASKS© Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  2. 2. ABOUT AFRICAN TRIBAL MASKSMasks are one of the most recognizable pieces of antiquityfrom Sub-Saharan Africa. They vary stylistically according todifferent tribes and culture. The subject matter associated withmost African masks is spiritual and ritualistic in nature.However, before delving into their subject matter, one mustfirst appreciate the aesthetic qualities that these maskspossess, the aesthetics that unquestionably influenced many20th Century European artistic movements such as Cubism,Expressionism and Fauvism. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  3. 3. ABOUT AFRICAN TRIBAL MASKSMaterials used in the creation of African masks vary:•Wood (common)•Bronze•Steatite•LeatherStyles of African masks:•Abstracted and sometimes grotesque form of the human face.•Some tribes incorporate animal features into their maskdesign ( i.e. the Senufo tribe). A mask may depictcharacteristic features from multiple animals.(ex: crocodile teeth, zebra stripes and bird features) © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  4. 4. ABOUT AFRICAN TRIBAL MASKSPurposes of Masks:•Spiritual and Religious Elements-Worn on special occasions (weddings, initiation rites, and funeral).-The wearer of African mask is said to serve as a medium of communication between thepeople and their ancestors.-Some masks are also designed to give the wearer the persona of a god in order to helpcleanse their community of evil spirits.-Used in ecstatic dances (interpreted as their god and ancestor coming to life inside of them.)-Incorporating animal forms with the mask design is an attempt to communicate with the spiritsof nature and the animals. Some animal masks also represent specific virtues (i.e. Buffalo =strength, Ruminant mammals (such as Deer) = bountiful harvest)•Entertainment PurposesSimilar to European contemporary theater productions (Avant-Garde). © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  5. 5. ABOUT AFRICAN TRIBAL MASKSMask design is the hallmark of African art and an essentialfeature of African culture.Sadigh Gallery has an excellent collection of African masks fromover 20 different tribes.Click on the next slide to view some examples of our collections! © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  6. 6. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  7. 7. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  8. 8. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  9. 9. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  10. 10. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  11. 11. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  12. 12. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  13. 13. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  14. 14. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  15. 15. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  16. 16. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  17. 17. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  18. 18. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  19. 19. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  20. 20. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  21. 21. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  22. 22. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com
  23. 23. Thank you very much for your attention.For more information on our collection, please visit our website: http://www.sadighgallery.com/african.htmlSadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. is a licensed ancient art dealer in New York City. Our show room has been opened to the public for over 30 years. © Sadigh Gallery Ancient Art, Inc. 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Tel (212) 725-7537 http://www.sadighgallery.com

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