Fantastic Punu-Ikwara-Mokulu dance mask.
The face has slit eyes with swollen eyelids, a nose, a mouth with very thick lips and a keloid on the forehead. The headdress has two large lobes flanked by side braids.
A fine black shiny patina of plant pigments and scarifications on the sides of the face..
This black mask is also called Black Madonna or Night mask. It represents men or old women. They only dance on stilts at dusk or at night. The poles are shorter than those used by the white masks.
Black masks are rarer than the white ones, perhaps because of their dangerous and frankly evil nature, which has prompted the villagers to keep them hidden from European collectors.
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- Dance mask
- Indigenous object name
- Ikwara Mokulu
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 2nd half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 15×19×30 cm
- 470 g