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  Lega Ivory Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo

African and Oceanic Art

The Daniel and Marian Malcolm Collection
Rediscovery of a Lega masterpiece

Auction at Sotheby’s Paris on 22 June 2016

Sotheby’s summer auction will feature outstanding works of African art from one of the finest collections in the field, alongside a legendary Lega mask that helped to redefine the Western view of "distant arts".

Over nearly fifty years, Daniel and Marian Malcolm painstakingly assembled masterpieces of African statuary, resulting in a singular collection of pieces from diverse stylistic corpuses. Twelve exceptional works form this collection will be up for auction, including a powerful and very rare portrait of a Chokwe Royal Female Figure.

The auction will also include additional works from various owners, including a rediscovered Lega masterpiece that transformed Western views on African art. Unveiled in the revolutionary 1934 Negro: Anthology made by Nancy Cunard 1931-1933, the ivory mask was known only through black and white photos for over half a century. It can now be seen again in the rich beauty of its deep patina.

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Lega Ivory Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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