Lot: 23696th Auction
Water spirit mask
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Amadou Roufaye, Niamey, Niger
Massimo Martini, Montecatini Terme, Italy (acquired around 1995)
Jan Kusters, Waalre, The Netherlands
|H: 13.8 inch||This object is not available anymore.|
wood, pigments, base Urhobo masks are worn at "oworhu" festivals in honour of the water spirits "edjo re ame" ("edjorame"), who according to Urhobo belief are responsible for the well-being of the community. The Urhobo have a deep-rooted belief in spiritual forces from the waters and forests that surround them.