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Early 20th C. Nigerian Ogoni Wooden Dance Maskette

Nigeria, Ogoni people, ca. early 20th century CE. This is a small handcarved wood mask with a very prominent chin and and wide eyes. The ears seem to have some kind of jewellery carved around them. One of the things I find most interesting about this particular mask is that the drilled eyes resemble the eyes of pottery sculptures from a much earlier period in Nigerian history, the Nok culture (ca. 1000 BCE to 300 CE) -- rather than thinking of this mask as a artifact isolated in time, we can see it as a cultural continuum within Nigeria. Perhaps the maker of this mask was inspired by older art! Size: 4.25" W x 5.75" H (10.8 cm x 14.6 cm)

Condition: Expected wear, with really nice patina.

Provenance: Ex- Adeon Gallery, Nick Poolos, Chicago, IL acquired before 1970.

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