African art > African mask > Pair of Shoulder Masks Sukwava Wurkum
Former Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.
The Wurkum, like the Mumuye, have shoulder masks called Skuwava with an elongated neck topped with a head, sometimes miniaturized. The wurkum pieces are nevertheless more expressive than the mumuye pieces.
These imposing masks were traditionally worn during war preparation ceremonies but are currently linked to healing and rain rituals.
These unusual parts come from the northern regions of the Bénoué.La patina is smooth in coffee tones.