A fine, old Ibibio (Nigeria) Mask of oval hallowed shape, the rounded chin with enlarged open mouth showing teeth, the T-shaped nose between square holes, with downcast crescent shaped eyes under a high domed forehead, the coiffure with three crown like transverse ridges; black encrusted patina. The back of the mask shows old adze marks and considerable weathering. Circa late 19th/ early 20th century.
15 3/4 in/ 40 cm high. A powerful piece. On a museum stand.
Ex. Sotheby's Important Tribal Art, New York, May 8, 1996, Lot no. 87