The curated commercial exhibition runs until January 10, showcasing the representation of animals in tribal art, particularly in masks. In many cases, the animals chosen represent qualities that the human wearer can take on themselves – baboons, for example, are common subjects as ferocious fighters.
The mask in question was created in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1960s as part of a series used in traditional dance.
This is TAL’s largest online selling show to date and is accompanied by an e-catalogue, which includes articles on the ritual use of animal forms.
Bryan Reeves is among the UK dealers along with Joss Graham, Sam Handbury-Madin and Kezhia Orege. Overseas dealers include Jeremy Sabine and Rob Temple.