African Female Mask - Item #300
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
12 Inches High x 12 Inches Wide x 7 Inches Deep
The mask is based on the African figure from the fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens known as "The Four Parts of the World Supporting the Heavenly Sphere" or "The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere" (c. 1872). In 1868, while doing his studies for the fountain, Carpeaux created the bust and exhibited it with the inscription "Why be born a slave." A marble or bronze bust was exhibited at the Salon in 1869 and was purchased by Emperor Napoleon III and placed in the Chateau de Saint-Cloud. Carpeaux recreated the piece many times using different materials.
Artist: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Museum/Location: Plaster model of fountain in Musée d'Orsay, Paris, and Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
Origin: "The Four Parts of the World Supporting the Heavenly Sphere" fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
Time Period: Romanticism
1911 Catalog ID # - 13540
"Black Images at Orsay Museum." Soul of America, http://www.soulofamerica.com/international/paris/black-images-at-orsay-museum/.
De Margerie, Laure. "Fountain of the Observatory." The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, edited by James David Draper and Edouard Papet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014, pp. 156-167.
"The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere." Google Arts & Culture, https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/asset/the-four-parts-of-the-world-holding-the-celestial-sphere/qgGzFxDGdkQbXA?hl=en.
"Napoleon III," Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_III.