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Songye Brass Mask Cote D'Ivoire African Art

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Title Songye Brass Mask Cote D'Ivoire African Art
Type of Object Mask, carving
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire
People Songye
Materials Metal (metal content unknown)
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Height (in) 12
Width (in) 8.75
Depth (in) 4.5
Dimensions Height: 12 Inches
Width: 8.75 Inches
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Rust, scratches and bent.

Additional Information: Songye origins are shared with the Luba through a common mythical Songye ancestor known as Kongolo, who can be traced through lineages to the 16th century. The linguistic traditions of these neighboring peoples are intertwined as well. It is believed that the founders of the Songye emerged from the lake region in Shaba province to the south in the heart of the Luba homeland. The Lomani River divides Songye territory and marks the boundary of the areas invaded by the Luba. As a result of these geographic and political differences there emerged of two distinct social structures among the eastern and western Songye and two stylistic differences in art forms between the two areas.