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Sukuru (Vertical Mask)

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Mumuye masks are traditionally worn during the initiation dances of young males, as well as at other major community celebrations such as harvest festivals and funerals. Mumuye men aspire to pass through seven initiation ceremonies, each marking...


Karikpo (Crop Fertility Mask)

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Sculpture is central to the culture and traditions of the Ogoni, a people native to Rivers State, Nigeria. While the themes and styles of sculpture differ between regions, most fall into one of seven categories: Small masks with jaws and...


Mbubu (Calabash Mask)

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The word mbubu refers only to this ceremonial gourd mask. It is worn during a secret initiation ceremony known as bkpe in the southern Afikpo villages, Kpogrikpo and Anohia. The Nkporo Ada wear similar calabash masks, with vertical fibre extensions,...


Ofo (Staff of Authority)

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The word ofo (ọfọ) has two similar meanings. It can refer to a sacred tree, thought to have been created by God, or to a ritual artefact (called uvuo by the Ijo and ovo by Isoko and Urhobo) usually relating to lineage. Ofo objects are often...


Ekpesi ('Feather Man' Headdress)

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During the dry summer months, when farming demands less attention, the Eloyi begin their masquerade. It is a celebration of the male elders who passed away the previous year. The Ekpesi is worn by the drummer during this annual ritual. It is also...


Okeshi (Fertility Figure)

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The Eloyi (also known as Afo) of present-day Nigeria, live north of the Benue River, in the south-east foothills of Nasarawa state. Much remains unknown about the work created by the artists of the region but the Eloyi are famous for maternity...