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Dance Mask

Early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Gabonese or Congolese

Object Details
André Derain (1880-1954), Paris, by c.1912-13 [1]. Samuel S. White, 3rd (1876-1952) and Vera M. White (1888-1966), Ardmore, PA, by 1959 [2]; bequest of Vera M. White to PMA, 1967.1. Catalogue card in Registrar’s office lists provenance as “André Derain, Paris" and the mask is visible in c.1912-13 photo of Derain's studio. "Collection Derain" written in red on the mask's reverse. It is possible that Derain acquired the work through the dealer Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), who began selling African sculpture in Paris c. 1911, and who later represented Derain until Guillaume's death in 1934. Guillaume is also believed to have sold several African works to the Whites.2. Lent by the Whites to "Ancient and Primitive Art in Philadelphia Collections," May 7 - Aug. 7, 1959, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

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