Ibibio Mask, Nigeria
height 19 1/2in (49.5cm)
mfon, probably carved by Akpan Chukba, featuring a delicately carved female, "mami-wata", wearing a parted coiffeur with twisted downward-
pointing elements, a central column in the form of a second miniature head, the neck with a choker rising from between the parted tresses of the main mask; encrusted patina with pigment and prominent white coloration on teeth.
Field collected by Reverend Koeper, a missionary in Eastern Nigeria in the 1930's.
Jack and Constance Wallinga, Minneapolis, acquired from the above in 1963
Segy, Ladislas, Masks of Black Africa, 1976, fig. 135
St. Paul Science Museum, October, 1968