Miniature Teke mask
This small reproduction of a wooden Teke mask was handcarved in the Republic of the Congo and decorated with kaolin clay. Mask measures 12" tall (on stand) and can also be removed and hung on your gallery wall.
While Dr. Barnes was certainly not alone in his appreciation of African art, he was one of the first collectors to showcase African art alongside European masterworks on an equal footing. Barnes used carved masks from the Baule, Dan, Edo, Fang, and Guro cultures of West Africa to highlight the fact that line, color, and form were the common ground of art, regardless of origin. Learn more about our African collection in our catalogue African Art in the Barnes Foundation.