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