This head is Kiganda. This is tricky: the tribe is Buganda; their name for people and things is Kiganda; an individual is a Muganda; and their language is Luganda. One can understand why they are now simply referred to as Ganda. The Ganda are the most important ethnic group in Uganda (a country in East Africa). The head is of mvuli wood but it is not a traditional carving. We would hesitate to call it a Ganda head although it was certainly made by someone from Uganda probably around 1950 or so. The head measures 7 and one half inches high by 5 and one half inches long by 2 and three quarter inches wide. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 203 488-1919 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques..
African Ibo tribe maiden ceremony mask. This early vintage African mask measures 21.75 inches high by 8.5 inches wide by 11.5 inches deep. Mounted the stand, the mask is 25 inches high. In the north central region of Iboland, "maiden masks" were carved for the "The Fame Of Maidens' annual festival. Here is a description from a Sotheby's NY sale of African and Oceanic Art on 11/19/99, in which lot 130, a similar mask, had been sold with an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000: "The ideal beauty of a girl has both physical and moral dimensions. Physically she should be tall and lithe, with an upright posture and stately carriage...Ideally she will have fine facial features, a thin straight nose and a small mouth and her hair will be elaborately and delicately dressed in the preferred crested style...These ideals link too with the beauty of nature and valued...medicines...Her moral qualities will include purity, obedience, good character and generosity." (Cole and Aniakor 1982:121). Condition is excellent with the proper amount of wear showing from ceremonial use. Shipping extra. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6% state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes,tariffs or customs that might apply.
African Art Kuba tribal Mask,This African Art Kuba tribal mask is of cylindrical form, concave face with pursed lips broad flaring nose, the cheeks with hatched incisions,bands of beads under the eyes,covering brow and at mouth,animal skin beard. This wonderful African Art Kuba helmet masks measures 24 inches high by 9 and and one half inches wide by 12 inches deep.To see a similar example of another Kuba helmet mask see Christies Tribal catalogue # 8288 November 16, 1995 item # 150 page 55. Just in from a local estate.