MUMUYE YOKE or SHOULDER MASK 2, Nigeria

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MUMUYE
YOKE MASK 2
44" high
$800

Despite its appearance, this shoulder mask was probably made to be sold.

The Mumuye have shoulder or yoke masks, known as Sukwava, which displays an elongated neck set under a diminutive head with large ears. Traditionally, they were used during pre-war ceremonies, but nowadays they are worn during rain-making and healing practices.

Peoples such as the Mumuye, the Chamba, the Jukun, the Wurkun and the Montol live along the Benue River in eastern Nigeria,


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