Lot: 289

79th Tribal Art Auction

Mask

Nigeria, Urhobo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Museums Collection H: 9.8 inch 1000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, encrusted dark patina, remains of pigments, raised lancet-shaped scarification marks on the forehead, striking large and pointed ears, headband with separate carved pegs which are fixed by nails, collection/inventory number backside "16.79.8" and "1978.63.8", pierced around the rim, small missing parts, traces of abrasion, base; the Urhobo are a small Edo-speaking ethnical group living in the northwest of the Niger Delta. They made sculptures of terracotta and wood for worshipping the ancestors and supernatural powers, as well as wooden masks which were said to be connected with earth- and water spirits.


Foss, Perkins (ed.), Where Gods and Mortals Meet, New York 2004, p. 115, ill. 65