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    OGONI, Nigeria
    Male Mask


    Wood, pigment, fiber, metal

    Black coloring usually indicates male gender, even though the carved figure on top of the head is female. The present mask was probably used in harvest-time masquerades, Christmas festivals and funerals. Typical Ogoni mask characteristics are small size, a fleshy face and lips, short, turned up nose and articulated lower jaw that is manipulated by the dancer. Masks are often attached to conical structures made of sticks and cloth that sit on the dancer's shoulders. Cords to control the mask's jaw are inside the headdress.

    Height: 22 ½ inches


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2016
    16th Friday
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