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Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Guerzé-Kpellé, Bong County region, Suakoko (Liberia)

Wood with a thick crusty patina, magical substances, support iron, indigenous fabric
H 18 cm
Divination mask.
Miniature divination mask used as a repository for the spirits of the larger masks, no longer used. A repository closed with jute fabric and cowries, containing magic substances was placed on the back. A long iron piece under the chin was used to stick the mask into the ground for use during divination rituals. A long indigenous fabric envelops the mask.


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- George F. Keller antique collection (Bern) (Inv. G.F.K. 113);
- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


- Bern 1980, Musée des Beaux Arts;
- Lugano 2002, Palazzo Riva, Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI);


Reproduced in:
- MORIGI PAOLO “Raccolta di un amatore d’arte primitiva”, Magliaso, Lugano & Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland 1980, fig. 48, page 72;
- VENTURI LUCA M. “Anime antiche, arte negra, da una raccolta di sculture dell’Africa occidentale” BSI Bank, Lugano 2002, fig. 85;


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