Epa mask - Yoruba - Nigeria - SOLD

The complexity of tribal masks in African art among Yoruba

This type of traditional mask was worn during the ceremony named Epa among the Yoruba. The mask is surmounted by a high figure, here a horseman, the equestrian figures being a theme of choice in Yoruba statuary because of the mythology related to the creation of their ethnic group. This authentic mask is also linked to the cult of ancestors who themselves wore the mask during their lifetime. The Epa cult is from the Ekiti region, northeastern Yoruba territory.

The patina that covers the entire mask is obviously old but well preserved.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
59 x 22 cm
Expert's estimate
650 - 750 €
Ethnic group
Yoruba
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Nigeria
Origin
Private collection Spain

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