Tribal art > African mask > Ogoni Mask
Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
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 sculptures vary from village to village, but are mainly renowned for their masks with articulated jaws like some masks Ekpo Ibibio . Their masks were usually worn at funerals, 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.
Attached with a wicker clasp, the lower jaw of the mask that would embody an ancestor or a high-ranking figure can articulate, revealing wooden sticks depicting a set of teeth. ...