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Ogoni mask


Ogoni ‘Elu' mask with articulated jaw, Nigeria.


Wood, white kaolin, red Tokula powder, black pigments.  H= 28 cm. 40cm on the stand.

Provenance: Millon, French collection

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Introducing a stunning and authentic Ogoni ‘Elu' mask from Nigeria, now available for purchase. This mask is hand-carved from wood and features intricate details that make it a true work of art.

The Ogboni ( also spelled Ogoni) people are an ancient and secretive society that has existed in Nigeria for centuries. Their religion is centered around the worship of various deities and the use of masks in religious rituals and ceremonies. The Ogboni mask being described is a prime example of this tradition.

This Ogboni mask features white kaolin powder on the skin, which is a common practice among the Ogboni people. The mask is decorated with scarification patterns that represent various symbolic meanings. The four lines scarification between the eyes and ears, and six line scarification on the forehead are particularly striking, and demonstrate the intricate design and attention to detail that has gone into creating this mask.

The red Tokula powder on the lips and ears is another striking feature of this Ogboni mask. The ears are geometrically shaped in a square with two triangles, adding to the mask's unique character and charm. The jaw is articulated, allowing for movement during ceremonial use.

The hairdress is also worth noting, with black pigments on the four dotted hairdress creating a striking contrast against the white kaolin powder. The mask has a height of 28 cm and is mounted on a 40 cm stand for easy display.

This particular Ogoni mask has a fascinating history and has been authenticated as a genuine piece from the Ogboni people of Nigeria. Its provenance can be traced back to the prestigious Millon auction house and a French collection.

If you're looking for a unique and culturally significant piece for your art collection, this Ogboni mask is a must-have. Its authenticity, intricate design, and historical significance make it a rare and valuable item that you will cherish for years to come.

Order now and bring a piece of the Ogboni people's religious tradition into your home or office.

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