An Igbo-Izi Elephant spirit helmet mask, 'Ogbodo Enyi'

An Igbo-Izi Elephant spirit helmet mask, 'Ogbodo Enyi'

1900 to 2000 Nigeria / Cameroon

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An Igbo-Izi Elephant spirit helmet mask, 'Ogbodo Enyi'
Wood with fine patina, red black and white pigments
First half 20th Century

Size : 58 cm long
Provenance : Collected in Africa by a Swedish missionary Josef La Gergren, later purchased from Gallery Leger, Gothenburg in 1969 by the Architect Kalle Jonsson
A number of tribes all linguistically related inhabit the Cross River area on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. This mask is probably from the Abakaliki area in the North Eastern part of the Niger River delta, which is an area of forest and swamp where the Igbo-Izi people live.
The Elephant spirit mask, 'Ogbodo Enyi', is carved and used to avert evil spirits and bad luck in a masquerade performance often associated with a significant life event. The mask combines elephant and human forms in one powerful and striking, abstract conception.
Height 58.00 cm (22.83 inches)
wood , red black and white pigments
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