This large mask Ogboni , named Kapkap , related to initiations, would embody an ancestor or a high-ranking character. It has in crest a bird figure. This mask intervenes mainly at the time of the festivities marking the harvests of the yam( dua/i>). Granular matt patina. Cracks of desiccation.
Height on pedestal: 71 cm.
The Ogoni live along the coasts of Nigeria, near the mouth of the Cross-River, south of the Igbo and west of the Ibibio. Their carvings vary from village to village, but are mainly renowned for their masks with articulated jaws like some Ekpo Ibibio masks. Their masks were usually worn at funerals, during festivities accompanying planting and harvesting, but also more recently to welcome distinguished guests. The acrobatic events related to the karikpo celebration, accompanied by the kere karikpo drum, were also an opportunity to display various zoomorphic masks.
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