Female face mask "okuyi" or "mukudji"
|Alfred L. Scheinberg, New York, USA
Maurice W. Shapiro (1928-1993), New York, USA
Christie's, New York, 11 November 1993, Lot 107
Christie's, New York, 20 November 1997, Lot 60
German Private Collection
|H: 11.8 inch||3600 EUR|
wood, kaolin, base
This beautiful old mask with the typical whitened face is one of the so-called "white-faced masks from the Ogooué".
These masks represent female entities from the spirit world and especially performed during mourning rites. They belonged to the male "mwiri" secret society.