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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