Old African mask, Nigeria.
From approx. 1930
This mask reflects various characteristics of different Ibibio styles. These masks are famous for their interest in excessively round, concentric circles and attention to detail. The nocturnal characteristics suggest that this mask is one of many, which are associated with the Abubom performance; a festival associated with the celebration of the earth and the moon, as well as having a general connection with the Great Mother, along with the prosperity and line of decent of society. It could also have been a mask used in the cultural traditions of ancestor worship or the Ogbom festival.
The term Eket refers to a subgroup of the Ibibio. It is also the name of the most famous ethnic language in the region as well as a Nigerian city.
Hand-carved from one piece of hardwood, with colour pigments, a grooved pattern and braided raffia.
I am breaking up the collection of my grandmother Alice Schlindwein-von-Carstenn. All of the pieces being offered by me, were acquired from private collections or from galleries, or were brought back from Africa by my grandmother's sister, whose husband was the ambassador of Italy in various countries there. My grandmother was a painter and had a primarily artistic interest in the masks and cult objects.
Origin: first half of the 20th century.
Signs of wear and tear, cracks from drying out.
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Región / país
- Madera dura
- 2ª mitad siglo XX
- Se vende con soporte
- 35×20×10 cm
- 400 g