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Auction 1054, African and Oceanic Art, 12.06.2015, 14:00, Brussels Lot 42


 Osi region, northeast Yorubaland, NigeriaA YORUBA MASK, Auction 1054 African and Oceanic Art, Lot 42


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.

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