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Lot 99D: Rare African Ogoni Painted Wood Mask, Hinged Jaw
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Africa, Nigeria, Ogoni Tribe, ca. first quarter 20th century CE. A very rare mask with articulated mouth, curls to each side, hair tied atop in series of "spikes," face painted in rare yellow pigments with mouth, hair and facial features in black/ brown. The linear black decorations are typical features of white Ogoni masks which represent benevolent spirits and characters. Size: 11" H (27.9 cm)
Provenance: Ex- Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL acquired before 1975
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Condition Report: Generally very fine with minor losses of ends of curls and a couple of top