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Auction Description for Ritchies Auctioneers: Treasures of a Lifetime - The Collection of Billy Jamieson
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Auction Preview Dates/Times: Friday, November 16 11AM to 5:30PM Saturday, November 17 11AM to 4PM

Treasures of a Lifetime - The Collection of Billy Jamieson

by Ritchies Auctioneers


329 lots | 324 with images

November 18, 2012

777 Richmond Street West

Toronto, ON, M6J 2L8 Canada

Phone: (416) 364-1864

Email: inquire@ricthies.com

A PAINTED WOOD YU'PIK NORTHERN ALASKAN DANCE MASK ,

Lot 1: A PAINTED WOOD YU'PIK NORTHERN ALASKAN DANCE MASK ,

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Description: A wooden Yu'pik dance mask from northern Alaska with medium patina. The mask is of a waxy consistency with a long face and a pointed mouth with six carved teeth, with narrow eyes, a peaked brow, and a slender nose. The exterior is painted with in white pigment with red lines across the mouth, eyes, and eyebrows. A very well-preserved and rare piece.

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A WOODEN MALE IVORY COAST HELMET MASK WITH BRONZE, BEAD, SHELL, AND HIDE DECORATION,

Lot 2: A WOODEN MALE IVORY COAST HELMET MASK WITH BRONZE, BEAD, SHELL, AND HIDE DECORATION,

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Description: A wooden helmet mask, of questionable authenticity, in the shape of a male face from the Ivory Coast. The face of the mask is painted black with a gold stripe down a previous chip in the nose, with a continuous carved latticework pattern, with solid bronze sheets over the lips and forehead, also adorned with a covering of green beads. The mask is decorated across the eyeholes with a three-rowed string of white beads, with the sides and the back of the mask and the chin strap adorned with cowrie shells and beautiful black and white shell beads woven into a continuous sheet of cloth fabric.

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A CRACKED WOODEN FEMALE MENDE DANCE MASK WITH THREE FACES,

Lot 3: A CRACKED WOODEN FEMALE MENDE DANCE MASK WITH THREE FACES,

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Description: A Mende female dance mask from Sierra Leone, badly cracked on one side, with three raised decoration low hanging faces and repeating herringbone and crisscross motifs, with a small staff-like crenellation at the top in the shape of the head of a woman.The Sande Society is "sacred, and its communion is secret. Sowo, the classical Sande Society mask, is the embodiment of the society, a presentation which Sande has designed to ennoble its member and strengthen the larger community." (Boone, 153) These masks serve as a reminder to the Mende people of Sierra Leone of the duality of humanity: the human world and the spiritual world. The female Mende masks promote ideas of female beauty, coming of age, and chastity, and the masks appear at initiation rituals, as well as funerals and chief consecrations.

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A WOODEN FEMALE MENDE DANCE MASK WITH A ROUNDED AND RIDGED CRENELLATION,

Lot 4: A WOODEN FEMALE MENDE DANCE MASK WITH A ROUNDED AND RIDGED CRENELLATION,

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Description: A female Mende dance mask from Sierra Leone, with a low-set head with raised and carved facial features and an impressive raised decoration head ornament culminating in a "bun"-shaped peak with various carved geometric patterns, the back with an undecorated rib pattern.

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A WOODEN FEMALE MENDE DANCE MASK WITH FOUR LEOPARD CARVINGS,

Lot 5: A WOODEN FEMALE MENDE DANCE MASK WITH FOUR LEOPARD CARVINGS,

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Description: A female Mende dance mask from 20th century Sierra Leone with a large crack, the low-set head carved in high relief with noticeable eyes and cheek decoration, the headdress decorated with four leopard carvings staring upwards amongst a geometric pattern of incised lines.

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