The Indigo Arts website has remained active over the last two years despite the dispruptions from the COVID-19 virus.   I have resumed regular operations and am able to pack and ship most orders within a few days.   Shipping times have increased during this period.  The gallery is open to visitors, but by appointment only.   Please phone or email ahead.  

Note:  USPS service remains very  slow.   I don't recommend it if you are in a hurry.   Please note also that USPS shipping estimates only include insurance for up to a $50 value.  If you want full insurance please let me know and I will charge it separately.
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masks

Mask Shop Retablo (Extra Large)
SKU: PRTB-166

Claudio Jimenez Quispe (Peru), 2019
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(18" h. x 11" w. x 4" d.)
This piece requires custom shipping due to size and fragility.  We will provide estimates on request.

$1900

Makonde Face and Body Mask
SKU: afm-102

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

$950

Pair of Fon Gelede Masks from Benin
SKU: AFM-2003

Fon, Benin, late 20th century
Pair of masks - Wood with red, green, yellow, black, white oil paints, remnants of rubber inner tube chin straps.  Initials "S.P." painted on the back of both masks (8” h x 6 1/2” w. x 8 1/2” d., 7 1/4" h. x 8” w. x 7 1/2” d.).  
Ex. collection of Nancy Josephson.  Purchased by collector in Benin, c.2000.

$950/pair

Sri Lankan Temple Mask
SKU: SMSK-2101

Sri Lanka, mid-20th century
Wood,  painted with oil and water-based paints.
(24” h. x 20” w. x 18” d.)

$875

“Se we ya wem” Diable mask
SKU: HMSK-58

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, fabric, rubber and cow-horn (14 1/2" h. x 20” w. 14” d. not including tongue and fabric) c. 1989.
I have been told that “Se wè ya wèm” means : "A little while, and you will no longer see me".
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$850

Fon Gelede Mask with Bird
SKU: AFM-2001

Fon, Benin, late 20th century
Wood with red, green, yellow, black, white oil paint, with fabric hinge for wings, nylon strings (19"h. x 8 1/2"w. x 10" d.).  Wings and head of bird are operable by pulling strings.  
Ex. collection of Nancy Josephson.  Purchased by collector in Benin, c.2000.

$850

Fon Gelede Mask Surmounted by Snake in Jar
SKU: AFM-2002

Fon, Benin, late 20th century
Wood with red, green, yellow, black, white oil paints, nylon string (18"h. x 6 1/2"w. x 8" d.).  Snake in pot is operable by pulling string.  
Ex. collection of Nancy Josephson.  Purchased by collector in Benin, c.2000.

$850

Yoruba Gelede Mask
SKU: AFM-10

Yoruba people, Nigeria
wood w/ oil paint (8 1/2"h. x 8"w. x 10"d.)

$750 (with stand)

Dogon Walu Mask
SKU: AFM-06

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

$750

Tibetan Demon Mask
SKU: TBM-2001

Tibet, late 19th to early 20th cent.
Fabric and papier maché,  painted.
(9 3/4" h. x 9 1/2" w. x 10" d.)

$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

Mask Shop Retablo (version 9)
SKU: PRTB-72-9

Claudio Jimenez Quispé (Peru), 2016/2017
Painted plaster sculpture w/ wood, other materials in painted wood box
(13 1/2" h. x 8 1/4" w. x 3" d.)

Note:  Due to their fragility we can no longer ship these retablos out of the U.S. except by special arrangement.  Custom art-handler packing and shipping required.  Please inquire for estimate.

$675

Mask Shop Retablo (version 11)
SKU: PRTB-72-11

Claudio Jimenez Quispé (Peru), 2017/2018
Painted plaster sculpture w/ wood, other materials in painted wood box
(13 1/2" h. x 8 1/4" w. x 3" d.)

Note:  Due to their fragility we can no longer ship these retablos out of the U.S. except by special arrangement.  Custom art-handler packing and shipping required.  Please inquire for estimate.

$675

Tiger Carnival Mask
SKU: HMSK-66

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, fabric, rubber and sisal rope fiber (14" h. x 14” w. x 15” d. (not counting hair) c. 2000.

 
Ex collection of Nancy Josephson.

$650

"Carnaval 86" "Djab" mask
SKU: HMSK-67

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché and cow-horn (24" h. x 27” w. x 12” d.) 1986.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$550

Maque Snake mask from Michoacan
SKU: MXM-142

Unsigned but attributed to Victoriano Salgado Morales (1920 - 2012)
Dance of Los Viejitos.  Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
mid-20th century
"Maque" lacquer on carved wood.  (9 3/4” h. x  6 3/4” w. x 4” d.)

$550

Faces II
SKU: AOY-1507

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2014
Ink batik on rice paper.
18" x 25"

$475

Masquerade
SKU: SGA-9401

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1991
Oil, ink on Paper (22 3/4" h. x 15 3/4" w.)

$475

"Vieja" Maque mask from Michoacan
SKU: mxm-140

Unsigned but attributed to Victoriano Salgado Morales (1920 - 2012)
Dance of Los Viejitos.  Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
mid-20th century.
"Maque" lacquer on carved wood.
(8 3/4” h. x 6 5/8” w. x 5 1/2” d.)

$475

Frog - Carnival mask
SKU: HMSK-59

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché (21 1/2" h. x 20" w. x 8 1/2” d.) c. 1996.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$450