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Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Ogoni, region near the Niger delta (Nigeria)

Wood with a dark, crusted coating
H 20.5 cm
Mask with a moveable jaw.
Place of collection: district of Bonny, eastern end of the river delta.
Mask worn on the head of a dancer who also had a cloth hood to hold it.The face is divided into two parts, with the moveable jaw tied together with a cord. It has well-sculpted hemmed lips, a straight nose, narrow eyes, stylised ears, and a complex hairstyle marked in the middle with two cylindrical buns. There is scarification present on its forehead and temples, both signs that indicate which clan it belonged to.


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- Former Serge Brignoni collection (Chiasso 1903 - Bern 2002) see lot 43;
- Former private collection (Lugano);


- Lugano 2002, Palazzo Riva, Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI);


Reproduced in:
- VENTURI LUCA M. “Anime antiche, arte negra, da una raccolta di sculture dell’Africa occidentale” BSI Bank, Lugano 2002, fig. 74b;

- HAHNER-HERZOG IRIS & KECSKESI MARIA & VAJDA LASZLO “L’Autre Visage: Masques africains de la collection Barbier-Mueller” Geneva 1997, pag. 136;


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