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 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.