From our personal collection, on offer is this striking old shoulder/yoke mask from the Mumuye peoples of Nigeria. Known as Sukwava, such masks are worn during agricultural rituals, & are characterized by an overall cylindrical form with elongated neck, atop which is a disproportionately small, narrow head framed by exaggerated ears.

With its head crowned by a large crest, one of this piece's more notable features is its neck-ring... it was not crafted separately & merely slipped over the head of the piece -- the sculpture and its neck-ring were carved from a single piece of heavy, dense wood!

Overall condition:
good; basic wear & tear, scrapes & abrasions, chips, dry age-cracks, & indigenous repair. Rich patina. Powerful display.


Approximate dimensions:
23.5" H x 7" W x 7.5" D

Estimated age:
mid-20th century

Total shipping weight:
ca. 18-lbs.

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Item offered:

Mumuye Sukwava
Shoulder / Yoke Mask

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USD $475.00
+ shipping
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22½" H x
7" W x 7" D
Estimated age:
40+ years
Total shipping
ca. 11-lbs.