[untitled, with three heads or masks]

Scope and Content

Mail Art. The playful, absurd graphic imagery on this envelope blends towers (Pisa drawn, Eiffel on stamps) and heads/masks. The central element, an arabesque frame on a box,uses a figure and details similar to those in Musa’s illustrated story books: Contes des calligraphes et des sultans (1994; 2nd edition 2002); Lʼhomme caché: Conte soufi du Soudan (1997; English version The Hidden Man).

Access Information

Collection currently on display in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until 23rd March 2019.

Restrictions Apply

Acquisition Information

The donation was made to SOAS Library in June 2018 by Elsbeth Court, an academic who teaches African Art on the IFCELS course at SOAS, with the support and agreement of the artist Hassan Musa.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

white paper envelope 21cm x 28.5cm

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the artwork of Hassan Musa assigned to SOAS by the artist, 2018. Copyrights persist in other images and texts. The user is advised to investigate copyrights before making any re-use of this material.