African Female Mask - Item #300by The Giust Gallery $ 240.00
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 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?" The marble 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 Holding the Celestial Sphere" fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
Time Period: Romanticism
1911 Catalog ID # - 13540