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A fine Yoruba mask for 'Egungun' association

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A fine Yoruba mask for 'Egungun' association
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.


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