Lot: 183

101st Auction

Face mask "elu" ("spirit")

Nigeria, Ogoni

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Private Collection
Frank Bell, Cologne, Germany
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 12 May 2007, Lot 280
Justin Barthels, Maastricht, The Netherlands
H: 7.1 inch 350 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, two-part (articulated lower jaw), pigments,

"Elu" masks, normally beneficent spirits, either male or female, were worn by young men of the "ogoni" society, in ritual performances for funerals and when yams were planted and harvested.