TITLE: Ogoni Face Mask
GENERAL REGION: Africa
DESCRIPTION: Face Mask
AGE: ca. 1970s
MAIN MATERIAL: wood
OTHER MATERIALS: oil paint; human hair; cotton cloth
The Ogoni people have managed to maintain much of their precolonial culture, including their masquerading traditions.
Masks are used by the Ogoni for many purposes. Some are reserved for members of secret societies having varying social ranks. Others are mainly for entertainment, and this may be one such mask.