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Urhobo Mask (N° 25282)

Appearing during major annual festivals, this African urhobo mask is associated with a water spirit (edjorame). Surmounted by a horned headdress and a head symbolizing the ohworu genius, the face embodying a nubile young girl offers lowered eyelids, a toothy mouth, and strange pointed ears. The high forehead displays scarified patterns extending over the bridge of the nose. Grainy matte patina, slight sheen.
The Urhobos, living near the northwest of the Niger Delta River, form the main ethnic group in Delta State among the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They speak Urhobo, a language of the Niger-Congo group. Together with the closely related Isoko, they are collectively known as Sobo. Their large sculptures representing the spirits of nature, edjo, or founding ancestors of the clan, to whom sacrifices were offered, were grouped together in sanctuaries within the villages. Lit. : "Arts of Nigeria Revisited"; Barbier-Mueller Museum; ed. Somogy.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyUrhobo
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height cm53
Width19 cm
Weight0.65 Kg
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