Lot: 230

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Anthropo-zoomorphic mask

Nigeria, Niger Delta, Ijaw

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 28.3 inch 450 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, polychrome paint residues, kaolin, rest.

Water spirits "owuamapu" play an important role in the religious beliefs of the Ijaw.

They are represented by masks that vary greatly in appearance, because they are designed according to the individual ideas (visions) of the respective carver. They always combine human features with those of aquatic creatures and are always carried horizontally on the head.