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Ogoni mask (N° 22325)
This face mask named Elu consists of an oval face with thick raised lips of burgundy pigment, topped with an anthropomorphic figure that could symbolize an ancestor.
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Abraded matte patina, desiccation cracks.
The Ogoni live along the coasts of Nigeria, near the mouth of the Cross-River, south of the Igbo and west of the Ibibio. Their sculptures vary from village to village, but are mainly famous for some of their masks with articulated jaws revealing sharp teeth. Their masks were usually worn at funerals, festivities accompanying plantings and harvests, but also nowadays to welcome distinguished guests. The acrobatic demonstrations linked to the celebration karikpo , and accompanied by the drum kere karikpo , were also an opportunity to exhibit various zoomorphic masks.
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