Lot: 4294th Tribal Art Auction
Anthropomorphic face mask "okua"
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Bernd Muhlack, Kiel, Germany (received the mask as a present in Foumban, Cameroon, February 1976)
Moctar Touré, Conakry, Guinea (2009)
Peter Willborg, Stockholm, Sweden
|H: 8.3 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, pigment remains, metal, rest.
This type of mask is used amongst the southern Idoma. It comes from the Ikom region. There it is used by the "Osokom" clan of the Boki.
The "okua" masks who often dance in pairs, can be seen during funeral ceremonies. Characteristic are the raised temple scarifications, which often can be found on the forehead and chin as well.
Neyt, Francois, The Arts of the Benue, Michigan 1985, p. 134 ff.