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Exceptional Facial Mask – Ibibio – S.E. Nigeria

Lot reference 22052511

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In good condition. It dates back to the 1930 period or prior to that. On stand.

Provenance: ex – collection of Ian Auld of London, who worked in Nigeria in the 1950 – 1960 period as a researcher and teacher in the art of pottery. Bought from him in his gallery in the Camden Antique Market in 1980.

Both the Ibibio and the Ogoni have produced dancemasks with hinged jaws, showing in – set teeth behind the lower lip. As a rule, these so-called Ogoni cap – caps are somewhat smaller and with stronger up – turned noses and more narrow faces than their Ibibio counterparts. These show the same general lay – out, including the hinged jaws but their faces tend to be more round and their noses less pronounced. This mask was collected by Mr. Ian Auld among the Ibibio on a fieldtrip in the region. It is seen by the Ibibio as feminine, the male types being far more aggressive – looking.
This beautiful maiden wears an intricate hairdo with double corkscrew locks, falling over the temples and ears on both sides of the head. The face itself is at peace with the world and promotes the principle of harmony. Used during festivals celebrating the harvest of yams, staple crop in the region. A good, old and well – used item.

Literature: Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter: African Art in American Collections, Washington / London, 1989, pp. 268 – 269 and 274 – 275.

Dimensions: 32 x 22 x 16 cm.
Region / People: The Ibibio live in the Niger Delta area of S. E. Nigeria.
Material: painted lightwood.
Weight: 0.660 kg.

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Sold with written declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized in the material cultures of people living south of the Sahara.
Sent by registered and insured mail.

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Catawiki member since November 19, 2014, received 229 reviews in total (50 in last 12 months)

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    Mooiste item wat ik tot nu toe heb gewonnen bij Catawiki via deze erg professionele mensen bij de "bron". Waardevol provenance stuk erbij, iets om de rest van je leven van te genieten. Uitmuntend!!!!!
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    user-2ec6e84 April 4, 2019

  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

  • Very courteous and willing to please. His objects are of great quality
    Very happy with my purchase

    ctual March 23, 2019

  • we are quite satisfied with the handling, correct information of this sale and very much appreciate the letter/certificate with the details of the object we bought.

    elsverdonck March 19, 2019

  • Reibungslose Abwicklung. Zusagen eingehalten. Pünktlicher Versand. Ordentliche Verpackung. Voll zufrieden.

    user-c94c62c March 18, 2019

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    Vente très positive ! Colis livré le surlendemain de l'enchère ! Deux jours. Extrêmement rapide, avec une frontière à traverser.
    Et très bonne communication avec le vendeur, Bastien.
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    Africpassion March 17, 2019

  • Item arrived in time and as described in perfect condition.
    Thanks a lot.

    user-11b5814 March 14, 2019

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    Très beau chi wara, belle patine ancienne. On déplore un recollage non mentionné à la base.
    Indigène, avec traces de colle ?
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    lovviere March 13, 2019

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    Il faut noter bien que c'est une restauration indigène localement faite. Ca indique pour moi que cette pièce ètait bien aimèe par son propriétaire.Plutôt un plus.
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    Sterk masker, zeergunstige prijs, verzorgde en degelijke verpakking. Vlugge levering.
    Hartelijk dank.
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    Josbelde March 12, 2019

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    conforme à la description, très bien emballé, envoyé dans les temps,je recommande
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    Prachtig masker. Duidelijke, vriendelijke, snelle communicatie.
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    Il est splendide
    merci
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    tatiefraise007 February 12, 2019

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    Cet objet de valeur,à 800 € de réserve,est arrivé cassé (j'ai envoyé les photos), car il n'a pas eu les conditions de transport appropriées.Ce vendeur répond gentiment mais ne me dédommage en rien.
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    user-b773998 January 20, 2019

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    It's tragic that the object has damaged. There is consultation with Catawiki, the rules of Catawiki are applicable in this case. In the context of the privacy of buyer no further comments
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    sathee January 11, 2019

  • Great communication and delivery, very fast and efficient.

    leesi December 14, 2018

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    Envoi très rapide,objet parfaitement conforme à sa description et formidablement emballé.
    Merci pour le socle de qualité et le certificat très détaillé !
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    Très bien livré avec beaucoup d.explications sur le produit.
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    user-3198a7a November 27, 2018

  • another great piece from Ben

    KaptanKrunch November 25, 2018

  • superb item. thanks.

    KaptanKrunch November 25, 2018

  • Wonderful piece. Thanks.

    KaptanKrunch November 25, 2018

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    Excellent objet; envoi rapide et très sécurisé ; top vendeur ! ++++++
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    tatiefraise007 October 17, 2018

  • Nice item, fast shipping. Thank you!

    Rochettaz September 18, 2018

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    Magnifique cuillère ceremonielle avec patine d'utilisation importante.
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    lovviere July 9, 2018

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