Monday, June 04, 2012

NYC: Mallett

NYC - Mallet window. Established in London in 1865, Mallett is one of the oldest established antiques dealers in the world, specializing in the finest pieces of furniture and works of art. Seen in its Madison Avenue window this splendid Nafana Mask (Burkina Faso, West Africa).  This highly stylized mask representing an abstract rendition of a water buffalo.  The mask was strapped to a costume and the wearer looked through the holes in the middle.  He held the mask in place with a bit in his mouth.  Water buffalo were highly revered in tribal farming communities.

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