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Lot 100A: 20th C. Nigeria Ogoni Wood Mask, Articulated Jaw
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Nigeria, Ogoni peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. This is a very nice example of a cane wood Ogoni dance mask, featuring a face with thin slits for eyes, tiny puckered lips, and pronounced ears and nose. The hair is tightly braided and the face is painted to show scarification and tattoos on cheeks, near ears, and forehead. 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. The white face paint marks this mask as an "elu", a spirit. Size: 6.55" W x 7.8" H (16.6 cm x 19.8 cm)
Provenance: Ex- Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL acquired before 1975
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Condition Report: Expected wear; jaw still functional.