Ijebu-Yoruba Large Water Spirit Headdress Mask, Nigeria
Lot 111W
Ijebu-Yoruba Large Water Spirit Headdress Mask, Nigeria
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Lot Details
Ijebu-Yoruba Large Water Spirit Headdress Mask, Nigeria
Wood, pigments, glass, metal
height 48in (122cm)

PROVENANCE
Eric Robertson Collection, New York, NY
Acquired from the above by the present owner

PUBLISHED & EXHIBITED
Anderson, Martha G. and Philip M. Peek (eds.) Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles

May 19 – November 17, 2002, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, fig 192

"Headdresses were embodiments of powerful water spirits believed to inhabit the waters of the coastal areas of the Niger River Delta, the world's largest mangrove swamp." (ibid. p 130)

"This headdress echoes Ijo conventions but bears hallmarks of the Ijebu-Yoruba type known as Okenekene. Made of separate pieces of wood, it incorporates pointed ears and spiral forms possibly alluding to leaves, vines, or paddles. Birds perch on the fish-tail form sprouting from its head and on its long snout. Mirrors recall the reflective surface of the water and suggest access to the spirit world." (ibid, p 193)
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