Lot: 18095th Tribal Art Auction
Rare anthropomorphic face mask "eku"
Nigeria, Benue River Valley region, Niger-Benue Confluence, Ebira (Igbira)
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Phlippe Ancart, Brussels, Belgium
Jean-Pierre Jernander, Brussels, Belgium
|H: 12.8 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, kaolin, animal teeth, base This mask probably appeared during a mask festival called "ekueci", where the deceased returned to enjoy the hospitality of the living. This night festival marked the end of the transition period from one year to the next. Women were strictly excluded from this festival, where different types of masks appeared.