Intriguing Ogoni Mask 8.5″ – Nigeria – African Tribal Art


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This mask was created in the style of the Ogoni people of Nigeria. The mask has a beautiful shiny exterior with an intense expression. It measures 9.5 inches tall and weighs a half pound. There is some cracking, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age









0.5 lb

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Ogoni People

“The Niger River Delta are covers the entire southern part of Nigeria from the Benin River in the west to the Cross River in the east. There are two main cultural areas – the first includes the western side of the Niger River Delta and was first populated during the 9th century by migrating tribes who came from the north. The Ijo people were the first to settle in the area and now live on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Later, other tribes such as the Urhubo, the Isoko and the Ogoni settled in the northern and western part of this delta area. The second cultural area is centered around the Cross River in eastern Nigeria and is home to the Ibibio, the Igbo, the Ekoi, the Oron and the Eket. The latter shares the same Ekpo secret society which was first introduced to the area by the Ibibio people.
The rich farming land on the eastern part of the delta sustains the Ogoni people. Their carvers produce large puppets and horizontal headdresses, but they are well known for their small human-face masks which are characterized by an articulated haw with inset teeth. These masks are used during Christmas festivities and funerals.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.