African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Ogoni Mask
A spherical face, with bulging cheeks, lowered notched eyelids, lateral fins evoking feathers, bears a curved bifid beak. The lower part is articulated, fixed by wicker ties. Matte, crusty patina. Erosions.
>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 renowned for their masks with articulated jaws like certain 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.