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Ogoni Mask (N° 25242)

A jaw articulates hemmed lips revealing a row of fine rods for teething. This particularity forms the strong point of this Ogoni-type mask, embodying an ancestor or a high-ranking character.
Polychrome matte patina. Abrasions.


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 carvings vary from village to village, but are mainly renowned for their hinged-jaw masks like some Ekpo Ibibio masks. Their masks were usually worn at funerals, festivities accompanying plantings and harvests, but also more recently 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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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyOgoni
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, textile
Height cm32
Width18 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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