A YORUBA MASK
Osi region, northeast Yorubaland, Nigeria
Oloju Foforo, the face with pierced rectangular eyes and serrated border, surmounted by two kneeling female figures with linked arms, one holding a bowl and the other a staff, each with tall rectangular headdress, encrusted red and black patina.
106 cm. high
According to Kevin Carroll (Sprits and Kings, - African Art from the Tishman Collection, New York, 1981, p.120), the oloju foforo mask appears only in the neighbourhood of Osi, the central village of the Opin Ekiti clan in northeastern Yorubaland, where they are danced during the rites for Baba Osi, the chief orisha. For a similar mask also surmounted by two kneeling embracing females see Schaedler, K.-F., Gods Spritis Ancestors, Munich, 1993, p.119, fig.89.