MUMUYE YOKE or SHOULDER MASK 14, Nigeria

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MUMUYE
YOKE MASK 14
31" high
$400

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.

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

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