Unusual Yoruba Figural African Mask 21″ – Nigeria

$175.00 $157.50

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This figural Yoruba mask from Nigeria features a kneeling figure on top with his hands in the air. The mask itself has a beautiful yellowish pigmentation and a peaceful expression. The mask stands 21 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds. There is some cracking and chipping throughout the piece – please inspect photos carefully. It does not come with a custom stand but one can be added for an additional price – please inquire if interested.

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Wood, Pigment

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3 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracks on the side and top and chipping on the back.

Tribe Information

About the Yoruba People

The Yoruba are the largest cultural group on the African continent, with nearly 40 million people. The word ‘Yoruba’ describes both the language and a tribe living across Nigeria and the Popular Republic of Benin, in an area of forest and savannah.

The Yoruba people’s primary living space is South-West Nigeria with substantial Yoruba communities in Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone but they are not bound by state or country borders. This area is often referred to as “Yorubaland”. Most of the terrain is either forest, woodland savannah, rich farmland or coastal swamps and lagoons.

The origin of the Yoruba people in Nigeria is heavily debated. Some believe they came from the east in Mecca, some say from the north in Egypt. Evidence shows that ethnically, Yoruba’s have been in the area known as Yorubaland since the 7th century BC. Scholars believe the area was probably inhabited earlier by peoples of the Nok culture. Yorubaland covers the modern-day countries of Nigeria, Togo and Benin. The term Yoruba to describe ethnicity, did not come about until the 16th century and wasn’t widely used until the 19th century. Before then, the Yoruba people were known by many names depending on who was acknowledging them. For instance, the Europeans referred to them as Akú, whereas in Cuba, they were referred to as O luku mi.

Read more about the Yoruba here.


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