Lot: 289

89e vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Masque esprit de l´eau

Nigéria, Ijaw

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
George Oltay, Johannesburg, South Africa
Egon Günther, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sotheby's, New York, 18 November 2000, lot 87
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 28 May 2011, lot 233
H: 38 cm 5000 EUR
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wood, pigment, inscribed "EG", base

The Ijaw believed that they shared the rivers dominating their environment with beings they called the "Water People" and they paid tribute to these quasi-human spirits in their masquerades. A myth from the Kalabari (eastern Ijaw city-state) tells how a woman abducted by water spirits returned to teach her townspeople the plays she had seen beneath the water.


Werth, Albert Johannes, Art of Africa, African Art from South African Collections/Kuns van Afrika, Afrika-Kuns uit Suid-Afrikaanse Versamelings, 1970, p. 171 Exposé

African Art, South African Collections, The Fifteenth Transvaal Academy, Johannesburg 1969 & Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria 1970