Lot: 273

Rare zoomorphic mask "gugwom" (crocodile?)

Nigeria, Northern Benue, Montol / Goemai

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Berndt Helleberg, Stockholm, Sweden L: 23.6 inch 3800 EUR / 8000 EUR

wood, red and white pigment, missing part, insect caused damage, base The mask was worn horizontally on the head. Arnold Rubin (1988) reported that the mask type appeared on harvest festivities and chiefly burials. One of the rare comparable masks illustrated in Wittmer (1978), p. 94, ill. 219 (AHDRC 0097841).

Wittmer, Marcilene K. & William Arnett, Three Rivers of Nigeria, Atlanta 1978, p. 94, ill. 219