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Ogoni Beak Mask
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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 kere karikpo drum, were also an opportunity to exhibit various zoomorphic masks.
This ovoid head, with bulging cheeks, lowered eyelids, lateral wing suggesting ears, has a curved bifid beak with an articulated lower element attached to the main part by wicker ties. Two-tone, matte and crusty patina.


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Ogboni/Osugbo Yoruba emblem
African art > African Statues > Ogboni emblem

This bronze figurine, with prominent features, was worn as a pendant around the neck by members of the Ogboni society. It was usually accompanied, connected by a chain, by a similar figure of the opposite sex, forming the Edan . Greenish-brown crusty patina, rusty inlays.
The Ogboni/Ogoni people are spread over a small area of the Gulf of Guinea, east of the city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Like other peoples in the Gulf of Guinea, the Ogonis have an internal political structure run by leaders. They are among the peoples who escaped the black trade during the slave era thanks to relative geographical isolation.

The secret society Ogboni or Oshugbo is one of the most famous religious societies that worship the Owner of the Earth, Onilè , and it is still powerful today. ...


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Ogoni Face Mask
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African art > African mask > Ogoni Mask

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 kere karikpo drum, were also an opportunity to exhibit various zoomorphic masks. This mask, which embodies a high-ranking ancestor or character, has a beak-shaped mouth, and has a stylized figure on the head reminiscent of a bird with outstretched wings. The rather thin nose is pierced with nostrils, the earlobes ...


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Ogoni mobile jaw mask
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African art > African mask > Ogoni Mask

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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