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A fine Yoruba mask for 'Egungun' association


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1930: Item # 1111207

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Of smaller size, showing the image of scarified male face, probably that of an ancestor. His puffy cheeks and filed teeth indicate maturity and, along with the wide-brimmed hat, give the image a somewhat animated, if not bizarre, appearance. The 'Egungun' association dance such masks during times of crisis, at annual ceremonies, and for funerals. Made from a hard, dense wood, with organic pigments, fiber and glass beads. Early 20th century, from Nigeria. 8.50"H x 8.50"D x 7"W. In very fine condition with aged, natural patina and good indications of use. Traces of indigo dye. Provenance: Bart collection, NYC and FL, since the 1960's.