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Ogoni mask with articulated jaw (N° 20974)

Ex Belgian African tribal art collection. Attached with a wicker clamp, the lower jaw of the mask, which would embody an ancestor or a high-ranking character, can be articulated, revealing wooden sticks representing a dentition. Two-tone satin patina. Height with base: 43 cm.

The Ogoni live along the coast 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 primarily renowned for their jointed jaw masks such as some Ekpo Ibibio masks. Their masks were usually worn at funerals, festivities accompanying planting and harvesting, but also more recently to welcome distinguished guests. Acrobatic demonstrations linked to the karikpo celebration, and accompanied by the kere karikpo drum, were additionally an opportunity to display various zoomorphic masks.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème
Socle includedYes

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