Elephant mask
26 November 2023
Description

Purchased in Nairobi Kenya 2007. Very good condition. Mahogany.

Dimensions

28 in length; 14 in width; 7 in depth

Acquired from
Flea Market
For sale
Yes
Answered within about 18 hours
By David U.
Nov 27, 13:08 UTC
Fair Market Value
$300 - $600 USD
Insurance Value $0 USD
What does this mean?

Hello Matt,

Thank you for choosing Mearto for your online appraisal.

Based on the images and information you provided, this item is:

An Elephant Mask, 20th century, from Central Africa. Carved from wood, this mask uniquely takes on the form of an elephant, showcasing the artisan's ability to infuse animal symbolism with ceremonial significance.

The mask's distinctive features, likely including the recognizable characteristics of an elephant such as tusks and trunk, transcend mere artistic representation. The choice to carve an elephant likely holds cultural and symbolic significance within the context of the community it originates from, possibly representing strength, wisdom, or other attributes associated with elephants in African folklore.

The carving may also feature intricate detailing, such as scarification marks or other embellishments, which contribute to the mask's cultural identity and aesthetic appeal. The mask's dimensions and any wear and patination present may offer insights into its history and the rituals or ceremonies it may have been a part of.

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