Hip or belt mask

Physical Chareteristics
The decorative mask is part of the cultural and artistic heritage of the presumably 800-year-old Kingdom of Benin. The kingdom, which is located in what is now southwestern Nigeria, was conquered by the British in 1897 and the courtly works of art came to Europe as spoils of war. The mask in the shape of an Oba head was worn on the body by men belonging to a higher military rank. The mask is characterized by its coral pearl cap, on which a pearl rosette is attached to each corner. A coral pearl jewelry consisting of three rows adjoins this cap. The characteristic scarifications can also be seen on the Oba’s forehead. The coral pearl collar, as it can be seen on the memorial heads of Oba, connects here in a stylistic form to the chin. This is followed by a collar consisting of eight semicircles.


Material: Brass


Dimensions: 16 x 10.7 x 5.5 cm