Bini mask (Three quarters view)
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Item : Bini mask, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 23 Kbytes)


This facial mask was used by the ekpo society, essentially during the yam harvest. It represents a chief or a person of high social status. A small bird is carved and added between the horns. The horns probably express fertility.

Probably 19th century.

Object #5393

Origin :

Nigeria (Iyekhoriomo area)

Type :

Masks and headdresses

Ethnic group :

Bini

Material :

Dense wood, aged and grayish crusty patina on the head, kaolin, indigo traces around the eyes

Size :

H = 22.8 inches

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