A renewed interest in African art arose from the colonial aspirations of France in northern Africa after the First World War. African forms, color, pattern, and decorative motifs appeared in every genre, referencing the spirit of a faraway land. While decorators created whole interiors in an African style, some artisans focused on African themes and symbols of the culture in their work.
Celebrated for the bold forms and expressive castings of his works, Maurice Marinot became one of the most acclaimed glass artisans of his time. This vase references African masks, a popular genre of collecting in 1920s Paris.