Lot: 265

83rd Tribal Art Auction

Mask

Nigeria, Igbo, Onitsha region, Obaru Village

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 24 February 2007, lot 380
Oskar Schimmer, Erlangen, Germany
H: 22 inch 1200 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, greyish brown patina, traces of black paint, vaulted "mask face" with broad see slits and pierced forehead- and nose crest, openworked superstructure with drilled holes on upper end for attachment of ornament, pierced ears, drilled holes all around rim, slightly dam., missing parts (above all at the lower rim), abrasion of paint, metal base; this type of masks appears in large numbers during male initiation ceremonies. They are part of the "okumpa" masquerade.