Masks

Mama Mask Special

Mama Mask Special

Country of origin
Nigeria
Description
The Mama people, also known as the Kantana, live north of the Jos Plateau in northern Nigeria. Carved headdresses in the form of highly stylized animal heads were worn with a thick fibre costume and symbolise a bush spirit. Worn by energetic dancers, they are thought to bring prosperity to the tribe. This buffalo mask is one of a number of rare Mama sculptures carved in a rough style with a red, weathered patina.
Dimensions & Weight
78cm high, 32cm wide, 17cm deep
Material
Wood, pigment