Nubian Head Mask - Item #650
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.
5 Inches High x 3 Inches Wide x 4 Inches Deep
This is a mask from the original bust. The 1848 original is bronze although there are many copies in collections around the world. This piece was Charles Cordier's first and most successful ethnographic sculpture. Cordier created it using the traditional method of sculpting the bust in clay and creating a plaster cast from his clay model. During this period it was more popular in ethnographic sculpture to create a plaster cast from a live model. Although he was not the sitter, the bust is said to be of Saïd Abdallah of the Mayac Tribe in the Kingdom of Darfour.
Artist: Charles Henri Joseph Cordier
Museum: Art Institute of Chicago; Musée Malraux, Le Havre, France; Musée de l'Homme, Paris; Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, USA; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, New York; Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris
Time Period: Modern, 1848
1911 Catalog ID # - 10708