Lot: 60

98e vente aux enchères

Masque facial anthropomorphe

Nigéria, Urhobo

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Wolfgang Klein, Vienna, Austria
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 9 March 2013, Lot 359
Werner Zintl, Worms, Germany
H: 60 cm 1500 EUR
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wood, polychrome paint, remains of fabric, mirror glass, metal,
Urhobo masks are associated with water and earth spirits who are responsible for the well-being of the community. Large mask festivals are held in their honour at intervals of several years.

This mask is associated with "ohworhu", a powerful water spirit ("edjorame"). There are different interpretations of its meaning:

The mask is referred to as one of the "children of the spirit" - "emedjo", who appear at times of the highest water level of the Niger to bring the "blessing of deep water" to the villages.

She is also supposed to represent a young girl of marriageable age, a bride "opha" who is under the special protection of "ohworhu". The hairstyle with horn-like extensions is meant to reflect the elaborate hairstyle that brides wear when they are presented to the village community.


Hahner-Herzog, Iris, Das Zweite Gesicht, Genf, München, New York 1997, ill. 46 Foss, Perkins (ed.), Where Gods and Mortals meet, New York 2004, p.120, ill. 68