Stock no: 300 056

An interesting early 20th century carved wooden African Chamba Mask -The Chamba people, whose number was estimated to be 20,000 in the 1990´ies, today live in north east Nigeria. Each clan kept the skulls of ancestors, who were responsible for the prosperity and fertility of the lineage. A ceremonial mask with the rounded dome that symbolises the skull, a relic taken from the grave on an elder – the horns are those of the forest buffalo and the jaws of a crocodile.The wearer looks through an opening between the two jaws. The masks are either female (painted black) or male (painted red) and are worn at ceromonies such as chief’s installations, funerals etc. 

19 ¼”w x 9 ½”h x 9 ½”d 

49cm w x 14h x 14d


Circa 1930


£ 195











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