This mask was sculpted in the style of the Mama people of Nigeria. The mask has a lot of wear and tear including some wood deterioration but it is still a beautiful piece of artwork with a lot of charm. The mask measures 18.5 inches tall, 23.5 inches including custom stand, and weighs 4.5 pounds. Please inspect photos carefully.
Mama Style Mask with Custom Stand 18.5″ – Nigeria – African Art
1 in stock
|Type of Object||
Mask and custom stand
|Country of Origin||
18.5" mask, 23.5" on stand
4.5 lbs mask, 8.5 lbs on stand
Wood deterioration, cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.
About the Mama People
The Mama people, also known as the Kantana, live north of the Jos plateau and carve headdresses in the form of highly stylized animal heads. They are worn with a thick fiber costume and symbolize a bush spirit. Worn by energetic dancers, they are thought to bring prosperity to the tribe. There are a number of rare Mama sculptures carved in a rough style with a red weathered patina.
Source: Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.