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Masque facial avec mâchoire articulée "elu" ("esprit")

Nigéria, Ogoni

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
American Private Collection H: 24 cm 800 EUR
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wood, two-part, pigments,

"Elu" masks, usually representing beneficient spirits, were usually worn by young men of the "ogoni" secret society.

Historically, masks were worn in ritual performances for funerals and when yams were planted and harvested.

More recently they appear at Christmas and New Year celebrations and to welcome important visitors.