A World of Masks: Masks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific

October 8, 2015 to February 9, 2016

This is the season of transition and transformation.  In the spirit of Halloween and Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, Indigo Arts presents a collection of masks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific.  They are masks that conceal, but may also reveal the wearer behind them. Masks are agents of celebration and transcendence, of commemoration and transformation.

The exhibit includes dance, festival and ritual masks, of wood, metal and papier maché from many countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, New Guinea, Nigeria and Peru.

"The Mexican, whether young or old, criollo or mestizo, general or laborer or lawyer, seems to me to be a person who shuts himself away to protect himself: his face is a mask and so is his smile. In his harsh solitude, which is both barbed and courteous, everything serves him as a defense: silence and words, politeness and disdain, irony and resignation.... He builds a wall of indifference and remoteness between reality and himself, a wall that is no less impenetrable for being invisible. The Mexican is always remote, from the world and from other people. And also from himslf."

Octavio Paz in The Labyrinth of Solitude, 1961

Bamum Mask
SKU: afm76

wood w/ mineral pigments
(19 1/4" h. x 9 1/4" w. x 9 3/4" d.)

$1200 (w/ custom stand)
Yoruba Gelede Mask
SKU: afm75

Yoruba people, Nigeria
wood w/ oil paint, nails
(15" h. x 9" w. x 13" d.)

$1200 (w/ custom stand)
Guere Mask
SKU: afm-22

Guere people, Ivory Coast,
wood w/ steel carpet tacks, natural pigments & encrustation
(12 1/2"h. x 8" w. x 7" d.)

$950
Makonde Face and Body Mask
SKU: afm-102

wood w/ mineral pigments
(19" h. x 8 1/4" w. x 5" d.)

$950
"Snake and Antelope" Janus Headcrest for Odelay Performance
SKU: AFM-104

“Snake and Antelope” 

Odelay Masquerade Headcrest

Temne people, Sierra Leone, 

20th century

wood, w/oil enamel, steel nails, fabric attachments

35" x 8" 9"

$950
Fine old Fang "Passport" Mask
SKU: afm95

wood w/ kaolin, mineral pigments
(9" h. x 5.5" w. x 3" d.)

$850
Grebo Mask
SKU: afm96

wood w/ mineral pigments
(12.5" h. x 7.5" w. x 3.5" d.)

$850
Leather Tigre Mask (#mxm075)
SKU: mxm075

Acatlan, Guerrero, Mexico,
c. 1980's.
Leather w/ oil paint, mirrors, w/ custom steel stand.
(9" w. x 7" d. x 14" h.)

$775 incl. custom stand
Ibibio Sickness Mask
SKU: afm93

Igbo people, Nigeria
wood w/ mineral pigments
(10" h. x 6 1/4" w. x 4 1/4" d.)

$750 (on stand)
Dogon Walu Mask
SKU: AFM-06

Dogon people, Mali,
wood w/ kaolin, black and red pigment
(24"h.x 8" w.)

$750
"Guerrero" Ball-player Mask attributed to Victoriano Salgado of Michoacan
SKU: MXM-137

Unsigned but attributed to Victoriano Salgado Morales (1920 - 2012)
Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c.1970 - 1980
Maque lacquer on wood.
(9" h. x 7” w. x 5” d.)

A prolific designer and maker of wooden, maque, decorative masks used by dancers in Purépecha fiestas, one of Grand Masters of Mexican Folk art and one of last skilled masters of this unique art form.  Mr. Salgado learned this skill from several mask makers of the Magdalena neighborhood where he grew up. His first mask dates back to 1950 and it was a "Negrito" folk dance mask.

Victoriano's masks are not painted, the process used for color is a highly superior technique called "maque", which is a pre-hispanic process involving numerous applications of natural earth and insect pigments and oils applied with the palm of the hand that hardens into a brilliant, lustrous surface. 

Mr. Salgado created over 60 different masks, the most famous: dance of the Señor Naranjo, and the dance of the Tataqueri, Corcovi, Negritos and Viejitos.

He passed away on September 2012 two weeks before receiving the Erendira Award, The highest prize given by the Michoacan State Government.

$750
Diablo con Serpientes Mask from Mexico
SKU: MXM-135

Diablo mask with three snakes, dance and state undetermined - Mexico,
early 20th century
wood, oil paint, ribbon
(14” w. x 9.5” d. x 22”h.).
Ex. Brand collection.

$650
Mossi Bird Mask
SKU: afm-72

Mossi people, Burkina Faso
wood w/ mineral pigments
( 11" h. x 7" w. x 12 1/2" d.)

$625 (w/ custom stand)
SKU: npm-32

Nepal, early 20th cent.
Wood, oil paint, metal
(15" h. x 13" w. x 9" d.)

$575
Viejo Mask
SKU: MXM-078

Attributed to Victoriano Salgado Morales (1920 - 2012) Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
"maque" lacquer, wood, animal teeth
(6 3/4" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h.)

 

$475
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo Mask with Reptiles
SKU: MXM-118

Guerrero, Mexico, 20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, animal horn, misc. materials.
21” w. x 21" h. x 12” d.
From a private collection.

$395
Product Status: 
Sold
Chivo Mask (#mxm085)
SKU: mxm-085

Carnaval de Chivos - San Bartolo, Hidalgo, Mexico,
c. 1990's
wood, oil paint, goat horn, Horse hair, ribbon, steel wire
(9" w. x 5" d. x 18" h.)

$365
Product Status: 
Sold
El Pocho Dance Mask from Tabasco
SKU: MXM-131

El Pocho dance - Teposque, Tabasco, Mexico,
c. 1970's
wood, automotive oil paint,
(6" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h.).
Ex. Brand collection.

 

$325
Product Status: 
Sold
Maringuilla Mask (#mxm114)
SKU: mxm-114

Juan José Horta Ramos
Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico,
c.2014
wood, oil enamel
(7" w. x 4 1/2" d. x 8" h.)

$325
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo Mask
SKU: MXM-076

Pastorela dance - Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
lacquer, wood, animal teeth, cow horns
(15" w. x 6 1/4" d. x 11 1/2" h.)

 

$320
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo "Satanas" Mask
SKU: MXM0-077

Pastorela dance - Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
lacquer, wood, animal teeth, cow horns
(13" w. x 6 1/4" d. x 11" h.)

$320
Product Status: 
Sold
One-eyed Man - Mexican Moor Mask
SKU: MXM-124

Veracruz(?), Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint.
6” w. x 6 1/2" h. x 5” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$275
Product Status: 
Sold
"Maringuilla" Carnival Mask from Veracruz
SKU: MXM-116

Viejito dance, Carnival, Veracruz, Mexico,
mid-20th cent.  Originally part of pair with mask #MXM-117.
Wood painted with oil paints,w/ metal earrings
(7 3/4” w x 7 1/4” h x 4 1/4” d.)

$250
Product Status: 
Sold
Dog Mask, Bali
SKU: INDOM008

Ida Anom Suryawan - Bali, Indonesia, c.2010
Wood, leather, animal and artificial hair, inner-tube rubber, oil-based paints.
(6" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h., not counting all that hair)

$245
Product Status: 
Sold
Carnival Mask
SKU: hmsk-39

Ronson Benoit (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché
(18 1/4" h. x 18 3/4" w. x 6 1/2" d.)
2010

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

$ 225
Product Status: 
Sold
Yam Mask, Abelam people
SKU: yam07

Abelam people, Abelam area, Papua New Guinea, late 20th cent.
Woven fiber, organic pigments
(19 1/2" h. x 10 3/4" w. x 6" d.)

$225
Product Status: 
Sold
Legong Mask - the Heavenly Dance
SKU: INDOM023

Ida Anom Suryawan - Bali, Indonesia, 2015
Wood, inner-tube rubber, oil-based paints.
(5 1/2" w. x 3 1/2" d. x 7 3/4" h.)
 

$165
Product Status: 
Sold
Jacmel Carnival Mask
SKU: hmsk-41

Rony M. (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché
(10 1/2" h. x 10 1/2" w. x 4 1/2" d.)
2011

$ 85
Product Status: 
Sold
Balinese Mask
SKU: INDOM-025

Unknown artist - Bali, Indonesia, c.2000
Painted wood, leather with animal hair, inner-tube rubber.
(5 1/4" w. x 3” d. x 6 3/4” h.)

$60
Product Status: 
Sold
Godogan (Frog prince) Mask
SKU: INDOM-024

Unknown artist - Bali, Indonesia, c.2000
Wood, rubber, oil-based paints
(7 1/4" w. x 4 1/2" d. x 7 1/4" h.)

$60
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: hmsk-43

Onel Bazelais (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché (20" h. x 19 1/4" w. x 8 3/4" d.) 2010

This carnival mask, its face crushed under a block of concrete, commemorates 'goudou-goudou", the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010.

SOLD
Product Status: 
Sold