Lot: 21998th Auction
Face mask with articulated jaw "elu" ("spirit")
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|American Private Collection||H: 9.4 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, two-part, pigments,
"Elu" masks, usually representing beneficient spirits, were usually worn by young men of the "ogoni" secret society.
Historically, masks were worn in ritual performances for funerals and when yams were planted and harvested.
More recently they appear at Christmas and New Year celebrations and to welcome important visitors.