In the early 20th century, architecture began to rely heavily on the use of cast iron, both ornamentally and structurally. Pieces like this mask were used to adorn the facades of grand buildings, elevating architecture with high level artistic ornament. An arresting visage, this mustachioed masculine face emerges open mouthed from swirls of delicately backswept hair. The influence of the Art Nouveau movement is evident in the fluidity and motion rendered by the sculptor’s hand.
Measures 19 x 6 x 25.