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A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden

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The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection features work spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Modern work by artists such as Henry Moore, John Davies, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon sits alongside art from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, Egypt, medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean. The Lisa Sainsbury Collection of Modern Pots includes work from Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Rupert Spira.

The African objects within the Sainsbury collection are drawn from areas within Western, Central and Eastern Africa such as Benin, Yoruba, Ghana and Zaire, and span the 15th to the 20th century. Sculptural highlights include a Fang Reliquary Head from Gabon, the striking Head of an Oba from Benin, Nigeria and strongly detailed and expressive figures from Zaire such as the Ceremonial staff.

Other works in the collection include dance masks, ceremonial axes, batons, messenger staffs, heads and figures, musical instruments, dress ornaments, combs and ritual dolls.

Reliquary headReliquary head Sainsbury

From Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Collection

Reliquary Head
Late 19th/early 20th century
Wood, brass, discs
Height: 26 cm
Aquired: 1935
UEA 240
This figure was made by the Fang tribal group, which lived in Gabon on the west coast of Africa. The Fang made these serene guardian figures to watch over the relics of their ancestors which were used to bring good luck, protect from misfortune and smell out witchcraft. Fang heads provided inspiration for many artists in the early 20th century, including Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.


Mask, Africa: Ivory Coast-Sainsbury

From Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Collection
Mask
Late 19th/early 20th century
West Africa, Ivory Coast or Liberia
Wood, metal, quills, pigment
h. 21.6 cm
UEA 211
There are a number of striking masks from Africa in the Collection of which this Ivory Coast mask is a colourful and expressive example. The features are strong and pronounced, enhanced by the red, white and blue paint decoration. However, in comparison to many masks made by the ‘We’ people, which often have exaggerated features, horns, tusks and protruding eyes, this example is quite restrained. Quills between the lips become the teeth, whilst perforations around the chin suggest a former attachment of bells.

 

 

 

 

 

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