West Africa, Nigeria, Ogoni peoples, ca. early to mid-20th century CE. A well-aged example of a traditional cane wood Ogoni dance mask, with narrow eyes, an exaggerated nose, and articulated jaw which opens; it probably once had reed peg teeth. Atop the head is an openwork, crown-like structure. Masks like this are used as part of ritual performances at funerals and relating to the planting and harvesting of yams, the main crop in traditional Ogoni society. Size: 5" W x 7.5" H (12.7 cm x 19 cm)
Provenance: ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970
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