Lot: 22791 Tribal Art Auction
Rare mask "otomporo"
Nigeria, Yoruba, Ekiti area
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Daffos & Estournel, St. Germain-en-Laye, 23 March 1997, lot 138
Private Collection, Israel
|H: 18.1 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, colour pigments, encrusted patina, rep., base
Such masks are supposedly worn by one of the seven chief hunters on the afternoon of the fourth day of the "ogun" festival.
The few known examples of this type of mask are identified widely different, as a representation of bush cow or buffalo, or as a hippopotamus.