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Lot 100B: 20th C. Nigeria Ogoni Painted Wood Mask Articulated Jaw
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Nigeria, Ogoni peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. This is a small cane wood dance mask. The face has narrow slits for eyes, serious lips, and pronounced ears and nose. There are marks of scarification/tattooing on the forehead and extending out from the mouth. The white face paint marks this mask as an "elu", a spirit. The Ogoni encountered European colonists quite late - 1901 was the year they encountered the British - so their artistic tradition retains many pre-colonial elements compared to other cultural groups. Size: 5.4" W x 6.45" H (13.7 cm x 16.4 cm)
Provenance: Ex- Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL acquired before 1975
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Condition Report: Expected wear; articulation full functional.