Lot: 178

95th Tribal Art Auction

Yams cult mask "mma ji"

Nigeria, Igbo-Afikpo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Heinrich Siemers, Bayreuth, Germany (coll.1969/70 in Cameroon) H: 14.4 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pigments, plant fibre, cord, base The upright projection on this mask represents a yam-cutting knife "mma ji", which gave the mask its name. Accordingly, the masks appear, among others, at dances of the "ikwum" society, performed to thank ancestors for the strength given to men to cultivate fields.