Ogoni masks

The Ogoni are a small tribe who live in the hinterland of the Niger Delta in south-eastern Nigeria. Their neighbours are the Eket and the Ibibio. The Ogoni are known for their masks and rod puppets; both objects are often provided with a movable lower jaw.

Ogoni mask
Ogoni mask

Ogoni mask

This particular wooden mask is bicolored; in fact, the face is white because of kaolin clay, while the upper part is black-dyed with soot, as are the eyebrows, the nose and the square fashioned ears. In the middle of the forehead there is a tribal scarification mark in relief, which consists of a rectangle divided into small rectangles. The plump lips are coloured in reddish-brown.

Ogoni masks
Ogoni masks