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X2009.16.1 Face mask


Object Name: Face mask (Ikpobi)

Artist: Ochai? (active 1910–1950)

Place of Origin: Idoma/Akweya peoples, Otobi village

Date/Era: Early to mid-20th century

Medium/Materials: Wood, pigment

Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Bernice Barth.

Accession Number: X2009.16.1

This delicately carved whiteface mask highlights one aspect of Ochai’s style: the lines of small incisions along the sides of the face and down the center of the forehead that emulate patterns of facial scarification.

Source: Gallery Wall Text, Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, 2011

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