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West Africa, Nigeria, Igbo peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A conical helmet mask known as an "Ojukwu." The verso is carved out for wear, and is large enough to fit the head of an average adult male. The facial details are a combination of striated linear patterns, carved geometric motifs on the cheeks, a lobed coiffure extending skyward, with hemispheric eyes, a rectangular mouth, and a prominent nose. Several oxidized nails protrude from the chin and lateral sides, perhaps to hold a textile garment that draped over the wearer. Painted with a layer of lustrous brown paint, this is a wonderful example from the Igbo! Size: 17.5" H (44.4 cm).

Provenance: ex-Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired before 1975

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Expected surface wear commensurate with age and use, with small chips and losses to mouth, bottom rim, facial details, and forehead. Fading and light loss to brown pigment. Several hairline fissures and some insect damage, otherwise very good.

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Early 20th C. African Igbo Ojukwu Helmet Mask

Estimate $500 - $750Jan 18, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA