Lot: 231

96th Auction

Zoomorphic helmet mask "vabon" ("va" or "vaa-bong")

Nigeria, Mumuye

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Old British Collection (coll. in the 1960s / 70s) H: 20.1 inch sold

wood, pigments,
The "vabon" mask is worn horizontally on the head. The dancer is hidden from head to toe under a luxuriant drapery of hibiscus fibers, which in combination with the dance movements creates an impressive picture.

Berns, Marla C. et. al., Arts of the Benue River Valley, Los Angeles 2011, p. 354 ff.