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Ogoni mobile jaw mask (N° 14285)
The Ogoni live along the coast 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 renowned for their articulated macho masks such as some Ekpo Ibibio masks. Their masks were usually worn at funerals, festivities accompanying plantations and crops, but also more recently to welcome distinguished guests. The acrobatic events related to the celebration karikpo, and accompanied by the drum kere karikpo , were also an opportunity to exhibit various zoomorphic masks. This small Ogboni mask, which would embody a high-ranking ancestor or character, has a joint feature of zoomorphic elements. In the crest, a stylized bird comes to lay its beak on the flat of the cap. Grainy patina. Cracked beak.
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