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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 32

    AN AFIKPO MASK

    NIGERIA

    Price Realised  

    AN AFIKPO MASK
    Nigeria
    Igri, the slender face with pierced rectangular eyes, three diagonal grooves to each cheek, central ridge to the rectangular forehead, painted white, black and red, the woven fibre headdress painted red and white.
    16¾ in. (42.5 cm.) high


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    See Ottenberg, S., Masked ritual of Afikpo, Seattle, 1975, p.25, fig.5, for a very similar mask. According to the author the wearer of the igri mask dances in eccentric ways, acting as if he is mad.

    Provenance

    Peter Wengraf, 1976