MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Ogoni Dance Mask
Object Name:
Mask, Dance, Ritual
Other Name:
Mask, Dance, Face
Place of Origin:
Ogoni, Nigeria, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 14"
W = 9"
D = 7"

Forms of Ogoni face masks range from human, with a movable jaw, to a horned antelope to the rarest kind of all: a blend of human and horned creature. Men and boys dance in these masks and add vigorous acrobatic movements. Historically, masks were worn in ritual performances for funerals and when yams were planted and harvested. More recently they appear at Christmas and New Year celebrations, and to welcome important visitors.
Circular—shaped wooden Ogoni zoomorphic mask, with long protruding wedge—shaped nose, extending from top of forehead to lower face area. Large circular slightly protruding eyes, large circular protruding mouth with pierced diamond—shaped opening. Small half crescent/ triangular—shaped ears. Two large horn like protrusions at top of forehead, in front of long extended top, back portion of mask. Dark brown patina covering entire surface.
Guy Mace Collection, (Turblex Company)
Wood W/Patina
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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