Tribal Art London will unveil Spirit Animals, the third in a series of curated, commercial, online exhibitions, from 3rd December 2020 to 10th January 2021. The exhibition involves all the dealers who would have been present at the physical 2020 Fair, postponed until September 2021 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
With over 100 objects on sale from leading international tribal and ethnographic dealers, Spirit Animals will be the largest online selling exhibition to date hosted by www.tribalartlondon.com in place of the fair. It is accompanied by an E-catalogue which includes articles on the ritual use of animal forms and a piece by Marc Assayag, dealer and author, discussing his book, The Stars Are Eyes, about the masks of the Abelam of East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.
Works for sale include a Baboon Dance Mask by the Luba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo which features a powerful face and a dramatic mane of hair (£4200 with Bryan Reeves), a Bush Cow (short horn buffalo) Mask from Cameroon in carved wood representing cunning, bravery and exceptional physical strength (with David Malik), a fine Dan (Ivory Coast) Bird Mask with a dramatically elongated beak like a hornbill, which was believed to be the first animal brought to life by the Dan creator god (£550 with Cordelia Donohoe) and a fine late C19th Bamana Rabbit Mask used in fertility rites dances (with Ian Shaw).
The attached press release includes a selection of images and background information about the depictions of animals in ethnographic art and cultural events.